State calls for COVID-19 testing at Dover church after 3 test positive

DOVER — The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging members of the Destiny Christian Church in Dover and any attendees of its recent conferences to get tested for COVID-19.

The DPH said it is making the recommendation after at least three members tested positive. At least two of the individuals attended recent services at Destiny Christian Church before learning they were positive for the disease, the DPH said.

Statewide, the DPH reported 113 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with all numbers as of 6 p.m. on Sunday. Delaware’s new positive cases has been in the triple digits six of the last eight days.

Also on Monday, Washington D.C. added Delaware to its 14-day quarantine list. Delaware’s rolling average of new daily COVID-19 cases is above 10 per 100,000 residents, placing the state on Washington D.C.’s list.

Delaware is currently on the 14-day quarantine list for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and has been since last week.

Current hospitalizations in Delaware stand at 63 with 18 listed in critical condition. The DPH also announced zero additional COVID-19 -related deaths as Delaware’s death number stayed at 529.

While new cases are trending up, the percentage of positive tests has remained under the recommended 5% mark by the World Health Organization. Data released for Monday by the DPH had it at 3.7% with the seven-day rolling average at 4.3% as the state continues to encourage mass testing.

There will be a free testing event Tuesday at Destiny Christian Church, 2161 Forrest Ave in Dover, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those who might have been exposed to the virus.

Destiny Christian Church held a pair of conferences the last two weekends, including a three-day conference this past weekend called Life Conference 2020 and a three-day conference the weekend of July 17-19 called The Prophetic Conference.

The DPH said each conference drew a few hundred people, all of whom could have potentially been exposed to the virus.

Today’s free testing event will also be open to the public. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required and can be completed at

“Knowing your COVID-19 status is one of the most important things you can do to prevent spread of the virus,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a statement.

“Based on the timing of when the positive individuals received their test results, their last exposures to others in the congregation, and the large weekend events, we strongly recommend anyone who has been at this church over the last two to three weeks get tested. Doing so will help us identify any additional positives and ensure that those individuals are self-isolating at home to prevent further spread of the disease in our community.”

Those interested in other testing sites can visit for this week’s availability.

The DPH asks participants do not eat, drink or brush their teeth for 20 minutes prior to receiving the viral test.

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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