Durham County reports 1st COVID-19 death, 10 new cases

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Durham County officials reported the county’s first death associated with COVID-19, marking the second death reported Saturday in central North Carolina.

The person who died in Durham County was was over 65 years old and had underlying health conditions, “putting this individual at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19,” Durham County officials said in a news release.

In nearby Johnston County, there was also a death Saturday after a man who had COVID-19 in a Clayton nursing home passed away, his niece said.

Meanwhile, Durham County also reported 10 new cases, bringing the county total to 182. The county reported 14 new cases Thursday and 17 new cases Friday, meaning that in just three days there were 41 new cases in Durham County.

Durham County officials announced Monday evening that a Durham church event was linked to multiple positive COVID-19 cases.

The event was held on March 22 at the Millennium Hotel Durham at 2800 Campus Walk Ave. Officials said that the church event was hosted by Faith Assembly between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Officials have not said how many COVID-19 cases developed from the event.

Durham County and city officials also announced Friday they were combining their stay-at-home orders and making some changes.

The key change is that it reduces the number of people to gather in public or private down to five from the previous 10.

The new order went into effect Saturday at 5 p.m.

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