Delaware’s coronavirus-related death toll now stands at six, according to state public health officials. Three additional deaths were announced on Saturday, and one was posted today on the DHS coronavirus dashboard.
And a second nursing home in Delaware is experiencing an outbreak of the virus.
Each of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Those fatalities include:
• a 79-year-old female from New Castle County who was not hospitalized
• a 76-year-old New Castle County man 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 the 79-year-old female is related to travel to a state with positive COVID-19 cases. The source of exposure for the remaining cases is not confirmed.
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 67 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).