New Castle, Bear-Area Have Highest Number Of COVID-19 Cases In Delaware

According to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), he highest number of cases in Delaware is now in the New Castle-Bear area, with an increasing number of cases west and south of that area.

In Kent, west of Dover has the highest number of lab-confirmed positive cases, and in Sussex, the highest case totals are in the Lewes-Rehoboth area, Georgetown, Millsboro, and Milford.

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

In total, 23 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

As hospitals continue to see an increase in hospitalizations due to COVID-19, the Division of Public Health will now report the total number of individuals hospitalized and those considered to be in critical condition in Delaware hospitals, including both Delaware and non-Delaware residents. The remaining categories of case statistics reported by DPH represent Delaware residents only.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics, cumulatively since March 11, include:
• 1209 total laboratory-confirmed cases
• New Castle County cases: 701
• Kent County cases:  214
• Sussex County cases: 294
• Age range: 1 to 97
• Currently hospitalized: 201
• Delawareans recovered: 173
• 8,683 negative cases*
*Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.

DPH epidemiologists are transitioning to a new data reporting system. During the transition period, not all fields (sex) have complete information.


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