DPH: 121 additional positive COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

DPH: 121 additional positive COVID-19 cases, no new deaths

Delaware State News

SMYRNA — Delaware’s Division of Public Health on Friday reported 121 additional positive cases of COVID-19 and no new deaths as of 6 p.m. Thursday.

In addition, 58 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, 11 of whom are critically ill.

One hundred eleven new positive cases were reported to DPH on Thursday, and the other 10 positive cases are from test results reported on prior days, but processed into the DPH surveillance system Thursday.

The death count of Delawareans who have passed away due to complications from COVID-19 remains 517. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 range in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those, 273 were females and 244 were males. This includes 249 individuals from New Castle County, 176 from Sussex County and 92 from Kent County.

According to the new CovidActNow website:

• Delaware’s infection rate is ranked high at 1.23, meaning each person on average in Delaware is infecting 1.23 other people.

• Delaware’s 5.4 positive test percentage means the state meets World Health Organization minimums, but needs further expansion to detect most new cases.

• Delaware, with only 11 of 259 intensive care unit beds statewide currently utilized for COVID-19 patients, likely has enough capacity to absorb a wave of new coronavirus cases.

• Delaware has 116 contact tracers, but based on an average of 136 new daily cases, the state needs 680 contact-tracing staff to trace new cases in 48 hours before too many other individuals are infected.

The latest DPH COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 as of 6 p.m. Thursday show 12,652 total positive cases. There have been 5,688 positive cases in New Castle County, 5,045 in Sussex County and 1,815 in Kent County. There are 104 “unknown” cases, according to DPH.

DPH’s COVID-19 data, available on the division’s My Healthy Community data portal, shows 120,056 negative cases, with 6,949 Delawareans having recovered.

In DPH’s long-term care statistical update Friday, there have been 1,155 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 333 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The total number of deaths among long-term care residents decreased by one since last week as a result of excluding an individual who was determined to be a resident of an independent-living facility.

Helpful Coronavirus links

Delaware Division of Health Coronavirus Page
CDC: About the Coronavirus Disease 2019
CDC: What to do if You Are Sick
Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center
AP News Coronavirus Coverage
Reopening Delaware: Resources for Businesses
Delaware Phase 2 guidance

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