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Durham County Department of Public Health reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, first COVID-19 related death

Post Date:04/04/2020 6:03 PM
Durham, NC - April 4, 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 182. The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) has also confirmed the county's first death from COVID-19. The resident was over 65 years old and had underlying health conditions, putting this individual at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19,  according to the CDC
To protect the family's privacy, no further information about the resident will be released. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and loved ones of this resident.  The Health Department will continue to report COVID-19 deaths in daily COVID-19 case update news releases and on our website

Durham County COVID-19 Response
DCoDPH is coordinating with the North Carolina Department of Health Human Services (NC DHHS) as NC DHHS leads the 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 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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 


On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Chairperson Jacobs signed a Durham County Stay-At-Home Order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Durham County Stay-At-Home Order went into effect at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 29.
On April 3, the City of Durham and County of Durham issued a single Order to reduce confusion between the city and county Orders and offer clearer guidance to businesses and residents. The specific provisions of the combined and amended Order are detailed here. The Order will remain in effect until April 30, 2020.
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 

NCDHHS & DCoDPH offer COVID-19 hotlines for general questions and information related to COVID-19. For the DCoDPH hotline, call 919-635-8150 8:30am - 5:00pm, 7 days a week. 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: 
Updated information may be found at any time on the DCoDPH website at, the CDC website at, and the NCDHHS website at Follow along on the DCoDPH (@durhamhealthnc), CDC (@CDC), and NCDHHS (@NCDHHS) Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For media inquiries, contact:
Alecia Smith
Communications and Public Relations Manager, Durham County Department of Public Health 
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