DPH announces 12 COVID-19 deaths, 134 new cases

SMYRNA – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 134 new positive cases and 12 additional fatalities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on Saturday while providing an update on state’s coronavirus numbers.

In total, 112 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 32 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 59 were females and 53 were males. A total of 52 individuals were from New Castle County, 18 were from Kent County and 42 were from Sussex County. Seventy-one of the deaths involved residents from long-term care facilities.

DPH noted that all data reported through its daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day. 

Starting Saturday, DPH began providing demographic information for COVID-19-related deaths in aggregate only, and will no longer provide demographics of each individual person who died.

The most recent deaths announced Saturday ranged in age from 61 to 97. Four were females and eight were males. Seven were New Castle County residents, three were Kent County residents and two were Sussex County residents.

All the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions. Ten individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. DPH learned that two previously reported deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, therefore those individuals are now included among the total fatalities related to long-term care.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently. 

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Friday, include: 

  • 3,576 total laboratory-confirmed cases 
  • New Castle County cases: 1,504
  • Kent County cases: 579
  • Sussex County cases: 1,490
  • Unknown County: 3
  • Males: 1,613; Females: 1,936; Unknown: 27
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 300; Critically ill: 61 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 809
  • 14,122 negative cases* 

*Data are provisional and subject to change. Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal. The data on My Healthy Community will supplement, not replace, the daily case data displayed on de.gov/coronavirus.

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms. Three days after symptoms resolve, patients are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice strict social distancing for the remaining four days before returning to their normal daily routine. 

Anybody who is sick with any of the following symptoms should stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle fatigue, or digestive symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite. Anybody who is sick and needs essential supplies should ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what they need. 

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, should make sure to distance themselves from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested (*Bayhealth patients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first). These are not walk-in testing sites. Those without a primary care provider can call the DPH Call Center Line at 1-866-408-1899. In New Castle County, individuals can call ChristianaCare at 1-302-733-1000 and Sussex County residents who do not have a provider can call the Beebe COVID-19 Screening Line at 302-645-3200. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results. 

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1; or 7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or text your ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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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