Coronavirus Claims First Delaware Life

Delaware reports its first death related to the coronavirus 19. Photo CDC

State health authorities confirmed a 66-year-old Sussex County male has died from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The deceased is the first Delawarean to die from the disease.  The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) said the individual had underlying health conditions and was critically ill, and passed away in an out-of-state hospital.  DPH also said the source of his exposure is not confirmed. 

Total statewide laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases tally 130 cases in the state since March 11. This includes 11 additional cases since yesterday. Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 86 are from New Castle County, 17 are from Kent County, and 27 are from Sussex County. The total number of positive cases represents a cumulative total of cases, including individuals who are currently ill and those who are considered “recovered.”  


Of the 130 cases, 63 are male and 67 are female. The individuals range in age from 1 to 90.  Thirteen individuals are currently hospitalized within Delaware; seven are critically ill. An additional two Delaware residents are hospitalized out of state. As with the deceased, DPH said the source of exposure for many of these positive cases is unknown, which indicates community spread of the virus is occurring in the state.  

Statewide testing at standing health care facility testing sites began on Monday, March 23. These are not walk-in testing sites. A physician’s order or prescription is required for testing at one of the standing test sites (* Bayhealth patients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first). Those without a primary care provider can call the DPH Call Center Line at 1-866-408-1899. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results.   


Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email at [email protected].   


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