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March 27, 2020 Durham County COVID-19 Case Update - Contact Investigation Ongoing

Post Date:03/27/2020

Durham, NC  - March 27, 2020 - Ten Durham County residents have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), bringing the total number of cases among Durham County residents to 103.

The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) is working to complete contact investigations to determine if these individuals had close contact with others while 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


More Information

For more information, please visit the Durham County Department of Public Health’s website at, the CDC’s website at, and the NCDHHS website at, which will also include future positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina. Information is also available on the DCoDPH (@durhamhealthnc), CDC (@CDC), and NCDHHS (@NCDHHS) Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



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Dr. Alecia Smith

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