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Farmers are used to working in the dirt. But toiling and tilling in cyberspace? As COVID-19 continues its grip on Chatham County, some local farmers — particularly those who participate in … more
PITTSBORO — Saturday, March 28, was supposed to be a special date for Hannah Christenberry. Long before the coronavirus pandemic, Christenberry and her fiance, Taylor Holden, had selected the … more
Chatham County government officials stressed the need for residents to stick to social distancing guidelines and other recommendations from health experts as the county nears the 100-person mark in positive COVID-19 cases. Additionally, according to the county’s top health official, COVID-19 may be around for the long haul. more
The spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, has put an onus on congregate living facilities to bolster their sanitation and cleaning efforts to help limit the spread of the virus. The state Department of Public Safety has put a number of extra steps into procedure and policy, and the Chatham County Detention Center in Pittsboro is no different. more
A Mountaire Farms spokesman confirmed Wednesday that three employees at the chicken processing company's Siler City plant had tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. more
Chatham County government officials said in a press briefing Tuesday that the amount of positive COVID-19 tests at the Laurels of Chatham long-term senior care facility in Pittsboro was not surprising, and that the health department is in constant contact with the center. more
A Laurels of Chatham resident has died in Chatham County's first COVID-19-related death. The Chatham County Public Health Department announced the passing in a Tuesday afternoon press release. The individual was a resident at The Laurels of Chatham Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and had been "in declining health for some time" before the positive test. more
One of the first major reports of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in the United States centered around Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care and nursing facility in Washington State. An April 2 Washington Post report said the facility was tied to 40 COVID-19-related deaths, and 129 residents, staff and visitors were infected with the virus. Now, Chatham County has its own senior care facility reporting an outbreak. more
A new helpline has been created to serve residents in Chatham County and the surrounding areas with mental health crises, influenced by the need to lessen the burden of emergency departments during the COVID-19 pandemic. more
The list of the more than 3,000 recipients of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill boasts some notable names. Among them: N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, U.S. Rep. David Price, National Cancer Institute Director Ned Sharpless, New York Times best-selling novelist Shilpi Somaya Gowda and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins. You can now add a Siler City resident to that list. more
Just about every educational institution has had to make adjustments to its schedule and modus operandi since COVID-19 began to sweep across America. Most schools have taken same precautions, particularly after Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order issued March 27. Central Carolina Community College has been no different — closing campus, canceling on-campus events and continuing classes online. Chatham Provost Mark Hall said that, in a lot of ways, the school was somewhat in good shape heading into that situation. more
After two early reports citing six positive COVID-19 tests from the Laurels of Chatham skilled nursing facility late last week, the Chatham County Public Health Department dropped bigger news Sunday morning. A total of 57 individuals who either work at or live in the facility have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the county said in a press release. more
As the American stock market began to take a nose dive in the latter part of February, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, financial planners in Chatham County were encouraging their clients to hold steady to their long-term plans. Now that the markets have begun to rebound after reaching low points around March 23, they’re encouraging the same thing. more
Chatham’s high-speed broadband service, or relative lack thereof, has been a talking point among local elected and economic officials for years. But the spread of COVID-19, moving school classes online and stay-at-home executive orders have made that deficiency much more visible. more
With students now learning from home, the Chatham County Schools’ Digital Learning and Technology Department has been forced to work quickly to ensure that regardless of their access to internet, … more
SILER CITY — Mountaire Farms has been processing chicken for distribution since 1964, but company officials say its first foray into selling directly to the public — which it did here Sunday in … more
Even with COVID-19 affecting many of Chatham County government’s regular operations, two specific ones slated to affect Chatham residents’ wallets are still ongoing and — as of now — still on … more
PITTSBORO — Late in the afternoon of March 25, 2010, a construction worker with Progressive Contracting Company, which had been enlisted by Chatham County to renovate the historic Chatham County … more
While a large number of North Carolinians are working from home and adhering to a stay-at-home order issued by Gov. Roy Cooper, other employees around the state — particularly those whom residents … more
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