Durham, NC - May 20, 2020- The total number of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases confirmed among Durham County residents is 1131 as of May 20, 2020.
The Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) has also confirmed two COVID-19-related deaths of Durham County resident, for a total of forty-three COVID-19-related deaths confirmed within the county to date. The residents were over 65 years old and had multiple underlying health conditions, putting them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and loved ones of these residents. The Health Department will continue to report COVID-19 deaths in daily COVID-19 case update news releases and on ourwebsiteanddata dashboard.
The Durham County Department of Public Health 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
92 at Treyburn Rehabilitation Center
30 at Carver Rehabilitation and Living Center
5 at Durham Recovery Response Center
2 at Veritas Collaborative Adult Hospital
DCoDPH will no longer report case totals at Hillcrest Convalescent Center in daily case updates, as the previously reported COVID-19 outbreak at this facility has ended.According to the NC DHHS, an outbreak is considered over if there is not evidence of continued transmission within the facility. This is measured as 28 days after the person identified as the last case began having symptoms, or their date of testing if they didn't have symptoms.
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 aDeclaration 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 issueda 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 detailedhere.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
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: