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Durham confirms first case of coronavirus

Durham confirms first case of coronavirus

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DURHAM — Durham reported its first case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in an elderly resident on Thursday. 

In an announcement released by the town on Mar. 26, First Selectman Laura Francis said the Durham Health Department confirmed the first case of the virus in town in a resident “between the ages of 70 to 80 years old.” 

"We must assume that there are other cases already in our community at this time, and that the number will increase,” Francis said. “If someone is sick with a fever and has a cough, you need to assume they have COVID-19. I strongly urge all Durham residents to heed instructions by public health officials to 'flatten the curve' and slow the spread of the disease by practicing social distancing."

Aimee Krauss, Durham’s health director, said the resident will remain in isolation and will be regularly monitored by the health department. 

"If you have any symptoms of illness, including fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should not leave home except to receive medical care," Krauss said in the town’s announcement. "Stay in touch with your healthcare provider. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you feel worse or you think it is an emergency."

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