New Daily COVID Cases Drop Dramatically, Three More Long-Term Care Patients Pass

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has announced three additional fatalities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and has provided an update on the number of positive cases and recovered individuals.  All data reported through the daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

In total, 92 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.

The most recent deaths all involve individuals with underlying health conditions, including:

74-year-old male from New Castle County, hospitalized long-term care resident
85-year-old female from New Castle County, long-term care facility
80-year-old male 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., Wednesday, April 22, include:

3,308 total laboratory-confirmed cases
New Castle County cases: 1,389
Kent County cases: 539
Sussex County cases: 1,377
Unknown County: 3
Males: 1,489; Females: 1,813; Unknown: 6
Age range: 0 to 103
Currently hospitalized: 290; Critically ill: 65 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
Delawareans recovered: 643
13,604 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.
As of 6 p.m. yesterday, there have been 244 positive COVID-19 cases involving residents of long-term care facilities in Delaware. Fifty-five residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The locations and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are:

Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare (19)
Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (5)
Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation (3)
Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center (3)
New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center (3)
Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (2)
Hillside Center (2)
Governor Bacon Health Center (1)
Three other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
Two other Sussex County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
One Kent County long-term care facility (1 death at the facility)
DPH epidemiologists are transitioning to a new data reporting system. During the transition period, not all fields (county of residence, sex) have complete information.

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.