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The Delaware Division of Public Health maintains a coronavirus dashboard, which you can access here: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov

(Note: an earlier headline for this article incorrectly stated the number of statewide deaths.)

Delaware’s coronavirus-related death toll now stands at five, according to state public health officials. Three additional deaths were announced late on Saturday.

And a second nursing home in Delaware is experiencing an outbreak of the virus.

 

Each of the three latest victims had underlying health conditions. Those fatalities include:

• a 76-year-old man from New Castle County who was not hospitalized
• a 74-year-old Kent County man who was hospitalized
• a 77-year-old Kent County man who was hospitalized

The source of exposure for these cases is not confirmed.

There is a new outbreak of COVID-19 at the HarborChase continuing care facility in north Wilmington\

HarborChase on Shipley Road in north Wilmington is the second care facility in Delaware to have an outbreak of coronavirus cases.

Six residents in a memory care unit of the nursing home have tested positive for COVID-19, including five who are now hospitalized, according to the Division of Public Health. There are 36 residents in that unit.

DHSS staff are investigating the source of the infection. “The populations who live in these facilities are at the highest risk for COVID-19, based on their age and underlying health conditions,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker.

 

“Our DHSS team is working closely with the facility’s staff to make sure that the residents with COVID-19 are isolated from other residents, and that staff follow strict safety protocols regarding care of the individuals with the virus and also screening of all who enter the facility,” said Walker.

On Thursday, DHSS announced the coronavirus-related death of an 86-year-old male resident of Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark and that six additional residents had tested positive for COVID-19. A seventh resident has since tested positive.

Forty-nine new cases of coronavirus-19 in one day in Delaware

There have been 214 total laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state since March 11. This includes 49 additional cases since Friday.

]The total number of positive cases represents a cumulative total of cases, including individuals who are currently ill, and those who are considered recovered. Nine Delaware residents have recovered from COVID-19.

Patients are considered fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms (three days after symptoms resolve, they are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice extreme social distancing for the remaining four days).

 

Of the 214 cases, 105 are male and 109 are female. The individuals range in age from 1 to 90. Thirty-one individuals are currently hospitalized, eight are critically ill.

Six residents of a memory care unit of HarborChase of Wilmington are among those who have tested positive for COVID-19, including five who are now hospitalized, according to the Division of Public Health. The unit has 36 residents.DHSS staff have worked with the assisted-living facility to ensure resident and staff safety. The source of the infection is under investigation.

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