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Christy Fleming
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State health officials have announced 463 new cases of coronavirus in the last two days, nearly double the rate in the days prior.

And there are now 2,538 cases of the disease in Delaware.

In issuing the latest results last night, the Delaware Division of Public Health said there were 248 new cases of coronavirus on Friday and 215 on Saturday. However, Friday’s number may have been inflated – though we don’t know by how much – due to system processing errors DPH alerted us to on Thursday.

 

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In total, 67 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19 — 15 in the last two days.  They range in age from 33  to 98 years old. 

State health officials predict that we will continue to see new cases of COVID-19, with as many as 227 diagnoses today.

DPH modeling shows that Delaware could have as many as 3,555 cases by April 23rd. The modeling does not indicate what the trend would be after that date.

 

Long-term care facilities hardest hit by coronavirus

The most recent deaths overwhelmingly affected residents of long-term care facilities with underlying health conditions, except for the case of a 46-year-old man from Sussex, who had no known underlying health conditions.

About half were female and half were male, and half of the deaths were in New Castle County, with the remainder in Sussex. 

Eleven residents of long-term care facilities died because of COVID-19 in the last two days. Three were elderly individuals who were not residents of long-term facilities but were hospitalized for the condition. 

 

As of today, there have been 155 total positive COVID-19 cases involving residents of long-term care facilities in Delaware, of which 38 have died from complications related to COVID-19.  

The  latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics, cumulatively since March 11, include: 

  • 2,538 total laboratory-confirmed cases 
  • New Castle County cases: 1,205 
  • Kent County cases: 417
  • Sussex County cases: 886
  • Unknown County: 30 
  • Males: 1,155; Females: 1,375; Unknown: 8 
  • Age range: 0 to 98 
  • Currently hospitalized: 249; Critically ill: 62  (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 466 
  • 12,256 negative cases* 

*Data are provisional and subject to change. Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.      

 

The locations and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are:  

  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare (12) 
  • Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11) 
  • Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (5) 
  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center (2) 
  • Governor Bacon Health Center (1) 
  • Six other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility) 
  • One other Sussex County long-term care facility (1 death) 

DPH epidemiologists are transitioning to a new data reporting system. During the transition period, not all fields (county of residence, sex) have complete information.

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