A second resident has died in connection with a coronavirus outbreak at Fox Hollow Senior Living.
The death was first announced Tuesday in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ semiweekly report on outbreaks in so-called “congregate living settings.”
COVID-19 has now claimed 13 lives in Moore County, with six of the deaths linked to an earlier outbreak at Pinehurst Healthcare & Rehabilitation. Five residents and an employee of that nursing home are among the deceased.
Robert Wittmann, director of the Moore County Health Department, shared previously unreleased details about some of the deaths with county commissioners on June 16.
Reading from remarks written before the two deaths at Fox Hollow were announced, Wittmann told commissioners that only one of the 11 deaths reported at the time involved a person younger than 65. The other residents who had died from COVID-19, he said, were all older than 72.
Addressing the commissioners, Wittmann said three of the deaths involved Black residents, while one of the deceased individuals was Hispanic. The seven other people who died from the disease were white, according to Wittmann.
The Health Department has not disclosed the ages or races of the two residents who have since died from the disease.
The latest death comes as Moore County nears its 400th laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. A total of 394 cases were displayed as of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday on the Moore County Health Department’s online dashboard tracking the spread of the coronavirus.
Dr. Reid Vegeler, a colorectal surgeon with Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, is among the residents known to have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Vegeler, who is currently in isolation at home, said he first learned of his infection on Sunday.
“We don’t know how I contracted it,” he said in an earlier interview with The Pilot. “I have not traveled or really been out of the house except for commuting to work and being in the hospital. Neither has my wife.”
FirstHealth of the Carolinas on Tuesday said it had conducted 8,934 coronavirus tests across its hospital system, which serves residents in Moore, Hoke, Richmond and Montgomery counties. A total of 1,049 tests, or about 11.7 percent, had come back positive, the company said, while results were pending for 213 tests.
The company said 21 of its patients were hospitalized because of COVID-19. A record 915 people were hospitalized across the state on Tuesday, according to NCDHHS.