Delaware COVID Deaths Rise To 82, Cases Remain Under 3,000

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has announced additional fatalities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and provided an update on the number of positive cases and recovered individuals.

In total, 82 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.  Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 33 to 98 years old.

The most recent information released by the state show five of those deaths all involve individuals with underlying health conditions, except for one individual:

81-year-old female from Kent County, hospitalized, long-term care facility
62-year-old female from Sussex County, hospitalized, no known underlying health conditions
80-year-old female from Sussex County, long-term care facility
93-year-old male from Sussex County, long-term care facility
95-year-old female from Sussex County, long-term care facility
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., Sunday, April 19, include:

2,931 total laboratory-confirmed cases
New Castle County cases: 1,303
Kent County cases: 495
Sussex County cases: 1,139
Unknown County: 30
Currently hospitalized: 263 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
Delawareans recovered: 565
12,935 negative cases (Yesterday the state reported 13,725 recoveries.)

*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.
As of 6 p.m. yesterday, there have been 167 positive COVID-19 cases involving residents of long-term care facilities in Delaware. Forty-two residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The locations (last updated yesterday) and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are:

Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare (14)
Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (5)
Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center (2)
Governor Bacon Health Center (1)
Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (2)
Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
Two other Sussex County long-term care facilities (2 death)
DPH epidemiologists are transitioning to a new data reporting system. During the transition period, not all fields (county of residence, sex) have complete information.

DPH announced on Sunday, April 20, that it was shifting to reporting case data earlier in the day to provide information in a more timely manner, and ensure the accuracy of the information being reported. All data reported through the daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day. For clarification, over the next week, DPH anticipates providing additional data on positive COVID-19 cases; that additional data is not available at this time.

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