N.C. daycare worker dies from coronavirus outbreak, residents say they had no idea

N.C. daycare worker dies from coronavirus outbreak, residents say they had no idea
N.C. daycare worker dies from coronavirus outbreak, residents say they had no idea (Source: WITN)

PLYMOUTH, N.C. (WITN) - An employee at a daycare center in Plymouth has died from the coronavirus after state health officials said there was an outbreak of the virus at the facility.

A mother spoke to WITN about how she wasn’t informed, and some residents around Plymouth said they were completely unaware that Grace Filled Beginnings even had a coronavirus outbreak, let alone a death.

Ceara Bowman’s son went to Grace Filled Beginnings in Plymouth until just recently, and says she doesn’t think other parents are even aware of the COVID-19 outbreak in the daycare.

Bowman says she’s in a situation where CPS is involved but said she’s in the process of getting her son back, so that may be the reason she wasn’t told but she claims that isn’t a reason to not tell her about this situation.

A report came out Tuesday saying 8 staff members and 2 children had the virus in the facility.

“I feel like by me being a parent, someone should’ve called me and let me know and notify me immediately. Especially by me being a parent and still having rights,” Bowman said.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said the person who died was a staff member at Grace Filled Beginnings and this is the first reported cluster death at a childcare facility in our state so far.

“We are all in a state of panic as it is because it’s spreading, not only in our city but our country itself. And now to find out in a small town where we are all connected and we all close like family, something as far as the next block over, I didn’t know there was a coronavirus outbreak,” neighbor Ronnie Person said.

Neighbors said that a lot of things are swept under the rug in Plymouth, so they aren’t surprised they didn’t know but they are now more worried than ever.

“The younger generation can get sick, My brothers and sisters, my cousins. Something as far as daycare. We haven’t even got to the schools. I would expect the daycare to be more sanitary than even high schools because they are on their own.” Ronnie Person, Resident

People around Plymouth said that even though the daycare may seem like they have closed, they are still operating and allowing kids to come in every single day.

“The younger generation can get sick, My brothers and sisters, my cousins. Something as far as daycare. We haven’t even got to the schools. I would expect the daycare to be more sanitary than even high schools because they are on their own,” Person said.

And while WITN was out in Plymouth Thursday, a reporter saw multiple cars pull up and pick up children.

The daycare refrained from making a statement.

Washington County is reporting four deaths sand 131 cases related to COVID-19.