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May 21 Durham County COVID-19 Case Update

Post Date:05/21/2020 7:17 PM
Durham, NC - May 21, 2020 -  The total number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases confirmed among Durham County residents is 1169 as of May 21, 2020. 
Our  data dashboard has been updated to include race and ethnicity data for confirmed COVID-19 cases within Durham County. This data will be updated weekly. 
The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) is responding to COVID-19 outbreaks at five congregate living facilities. As of now, the following COVID-19 case totals have been confirmed for all residents and staff at the facilities: 
  • 111 at Durham Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • 93 at Treyburn Rehabilitation Center 
  • 34 at Carver Rehabilitation and Living Center
  • 5 at Durham Recovery Response Center
  • 2 at Veritas Collaborative Adult Hospital
Following this release, DCoDPH will no longer issue daily case update news releases. Case data will be updated daily on our  data dashboard. Congregate living facility data will be shared in North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports updated Tuesdays and Fridays. We will continue to issue special news releases as needed.
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 April 3, Durham County and the City of Durham issued a joint City-County Stay-At-Home Orderto reduce confusion between the city and county Orders and offer clearer guidance to businesses and residents. The Order will be updated as needed. The most recent provisions of the combined and amended Order are detailed here. The Order will remain in effect until further notice.
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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