March 23 Durham County COVID-19 Case Update
Post Date:03/23/2020 6:40 PM
Durham, NC - March 23, 2020 - Thirty Durham County residents have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases among Durham County residents to 71. The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) has notified any Durham County residents who may have come in close contact with these individuals while the individuals were symptomatic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines close contact as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with a COVID-19 infection for a minimum of 10 minutes.
Durham County COVID-19 Response
DCoDPH is coordinating with the North Carolina Department of Health Human Services (NC DHHS) as NC DHHS leads COVID-19 response efforts for the state. On March 14, 2020, Chair of the Durham County Board of Commissioners Wendy Jacobs signed a Declaration of State of Emergency in Durham County. The declaration was made following President of the United States Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order and the North Carolina State of Emergency issued in response to the pandemic state of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Mitigation Recommendations
DCoDPH and NCDHHS encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
- Practice social distancing; maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet away from others
- Individuals at high risk should stay home to the extent possible. High risk individuals include those over 65 years of age; or with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes; or weakened immune systems
NCDHHS & DCoDPH offer COVID-19 hotlines for general questions and information related to COVID-19. For the DCoDPH hotline, call 919-635-8150 during our business hours. For the NCDHHS hotline, call 2-1-1 or 888-892-1162. This hotline is available 24/7. Text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive text updates from NC DHHS. These hotlines can not provide direct medical services.
DCoDPH also offers daily emails providing specific guidance for different audiences. Click below to subscribe to one or more email lists:
- General public: https://bit.ly/2U4CLIq
- Healthcare providers: https://bit.ly/2UtVsEe
- Businesses, faith communities, & community agencies: https://bit.ly/394P9w7
- En Español: https://bit.ly/3bhXwGr
For media inquiries, contact:
Communications and Public Relations Manager, Durham County Department of Public Health