Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continued to grow in Delaware, as the state crossed the 4000 threshold on Sunday.
The new tally of 4,034 represents a 1000 case increase over the last five days, with 458 just since yesterday. On Wednesday, April 22, reported cases passed 3,000 for the first time.
New modeling released by Delaware Division of Public Health officials on Friday afternoon predicted that Delaware would see 3,705 cases of coronavirus through today.
Delaware Division of Public Health spokesperson Andrea Wojcik said that when looking at today’s numbers, it’s important to recognize that DPH considers several models and that they are estimates at any given point in time where several variables come into play.
“The increase in numbers reported today is reflective of a couple of variables, including results of increased community testing in Sussex, and a larger than usual number of results returned by one of the commercial labs. As additional community testing is coordinated over the coming weeks, it would not be unusual to see additional days with large increases in positive cases, consistent with enhanced testing,” said Wojcik.
There are now 120 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in Delaware, and Sussex County has the highest number of reported cases, with 1801.
New Castle County follows with 1,599, and there are 625 confirmed infections in Kent. The 19947 zip code in and around Georgetown continues to have the state’s highest concentration of reported cases.
The Delaware Division of Public Health reports that 19,000 people have now been tested for the virus, of which more than 15,000 have tested negative.
On Saturday, Governor John Carney issued a revision to his state of emergency declaration mandating the use of masks by citizens in most public settings.