Woman’s Death In Sussex County Brings Delaware COVID-19 Deaths To 33

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

DPH is now reporting deaths of laboratory-confirmed individuals and “probable” deaths where the individual had clinically consistent symptoms and was exposed to a confirmed case, but was never tested. In total, 33 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The most recent death involves a 96-year-old female long-term care resident from Sussex County who had underlying health conditions. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 57 to 96 years old.

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, include:
•  1,479 total laboratory-confirmed cases
•  New Castle County cases: 807
•  Kent County cases: 255
•  Sussex County cases: 404
•  Unknown County: 13
•  Males: 647; Females: 824; Unknown: 8
•  Age range: 1 to 97
•  Currently hospitalized: 190; Critically ill: 55 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
•  Delawareans recovered: 191
•   9,624 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 (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.