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Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health conducted a press briefing on Wednesday

State health shared that Friday’s COVID-19 reporting will appear to show “a significant increase” over cases reported today. The jump will include a correction to today’s reporting, which state health officials say doesn’t accurately reflect the total number of coronavirus case-positives.

The Delaware Division of Public Health updates its coronavirus dashboard about every 24 hours, and the dashboard is available to the public (https://coronavirus.delaware.gov).

Even with six new deaths reported since yesterday and 61 new confirmed cases of the virus, DPH says the system is experiencing “system processing delays” and that those numbers don’t show the true increase since Wednesday.

In a letter shared with the media late this afternoon, Delaware Division of Public Health spokesperson Jen Brestel said the agency wanted to provide accurate context for the graphs on today’s dashboard. 

Due to system processing delays, today’s positive case total may make it appear as though we are leveling out or seeing decreases in the daily case count. However, that is not an accurate reflection of the situation in Delaware. The system should be running normally tomorrow and we anticipate seeing a significant increase in the overall number of cases once again.

Brestel did not elaborate on the cause of the delays or suggest what might be a more accurate count of test-positive COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations or deaths.

On Wednesday Delaware broke the 2,000 mark for the number of positive cases of coronavirus, with 2014 cases reported. Today the coronavirus dashboard shows 2075 positive results, 52 deaths and 209 current hospitalizations.

Those 18 – 49 years old continue to be the largest group affected by the virus, with 1,056 positive cases. The next largest group affected, those in the 50 to 64 age range, account for 578 cases.

In total, 52 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.  Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 33 to 96 years old.

The most recent deaths involve individuals with underlying conditions:

  • 57-year-old male from New Castle County, hospitalized long-term care resident
  • 72-year-old female from New Castle County, hospitalized
  • 84-year-old male from New Castle County, hospitalized
  • 71-year-old male from New Castle County
  • 59-year-old female from Kent County 
  • 68-year-old male from Sussex County, hospitalized long-term care resident

 

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