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The youngest person to die from symptoms caused by COVID-19 has died, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced today.

State health officials reported that the 26-year old had underlying health conditions. The individual was one of nine new deaths reported, and all nine had underlying health conditions. Eight were residents of long-term care facilities.

DPH is providing demographic information for COVID-19-related deaths in aggregate only, and no longer provides demographics of each individual person who died.

We therefore do not know whether the victim was a male or female, their county of residency, or whether the victim was one of those living in a long-term care facility. 

DPH also announced 120 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 5,038 laboratory-confirmed cases.

This marks a one-day decline in the number of case positives for COVID-19. We mention this because one measurement Governor Carney is using in his consideration of reopening the economy is a continued 28-day decline in the number of case-positives.

In total,168 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19

• ranged in age from 26 to 103 years old

• 90 were females and 78 were males

• 76 were from New Castle County, 29 were from Kent, and 63 were from Sussex

The Delaware Division of Public Health maintains a COVID-19 public dashboard, which is updated every 24 hours. 

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