DPH announces 71 new positive COVID-19 cases, another pair of deaths

DOVER – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 71 new positive cases of COVID-19 cases on Saturday, which raised the overall total of those infected with the coronavirus in the state to 20,156.

There were also two additional COVID-19 deaths reported Saturday, which increased the total to 633. All coronavirus statistics released by the DPH reflect data as of 6 p.m. Friday.

New Castle County, which had 54 positive cases on Friday, remains the hotbed of COVID-19 in Delaware with 10,029 positive cases, followed by Sussex County (6,727) and Kent County 2,911.

The 18- to 34-year-old age bracket reports the most coronavirus cases within the state at 6,515, after adding 29 new cases on Friday. They are followed by the 35-49 age bracket with 4,728 positive cases. 

In addition, 57 individuals are currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in Delaware, the DPH said, which is an increase of four compared to the day prior. Ten of those cases are considered critical.

The DPH said 10,541 individuals are considered recovered from the virus.

Gov. Carney revises State of Emergency Order

WILMINGTON — Gov. John Carney on Friday issued a revision to the omnibus State of Emergency order, resuming the processing of requests under Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). 

“Thank you to all Delawareans who are doing the hard work to get us through this COVID-19 crisis,” said Gov. Carney. “The vast majority of Delawareans are taking the science seriously and following basic precautions to keep their communities healthy.

“But we can’t get complacent. Please continue to wear a mask in public settings. Avoid large gatherings and wash your hands frequently. That will help us safely get more Delaware children back in school and more Delawareans back to work.”

Gov. Carney’s revision on Friday also makes technical corrections clarifying that Delaware private and parochial schools must follow COVID-19 restrictions in school buildings and notify their school communities in the event of a positive case of COVID-19. Private and parochial schools in Delaware have already been adhering to these guidelines as they have reopened.

Gov. Carney’s modification also streamlines the approval process for events beyond public gathering limits in the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH).

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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