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First coronavirus case reported in Durham County

The first case of COVID-19 has been reported in Durham County, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The total number of cases in the state has risen to 23, as of Saturday at 12 p.m., compared to the 15 documented cases that were announced Friday. The Durham County resident has tested presumptively positive, but the result has not yet been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Twelve counties have had individuals test positive for COVID-19, with most cases reported in the Research Triangle area. Wake County has the most positive cases, with 11 people being diagnosed with the virus.

The first case in North Carolina was identified March 3, and Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency March 10.

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