COVID cases pass 7500, while hospitalizations continue to decline

Wilmington Hospital has a patient overflow tent erected outside of its main building

Total statewide cases of COVID-19 passed 7,500 in the latest numbers provided by the state, but hospitalizations due to the virus continue to decline.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 15 additional deaths related to coronavirus, bringing the tally to 286 Delawareans who have passed away from complications of the disease. This marks the deadliest day since health officials began tracking the disease on March 11.  

There are 250 people hospitalized due to the virus, down from a high of 337 on April 27. This is the lowest number of hospitalized patients since April 18th, when 249 were hospitalized.

COVID-19 data by county:

New Castle County:
Confirmed cases: 2667
Deaths: 121
Population: 559,000
0.48 infection rate

Kent County:
Confirmed cases: 1,176
Deaths: 52
Population: 180,700
0.65% infection rate

Sussex County:
Confirmed cases: 3,658
Deaths: 112
Population: 234,000
1.56% infection rate


Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 150 were females and 136 were males. A total of 121 individuals were from New Castle County, 52 were from Kent County, 112 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is unknown at this time.

The deaths announced today ranged in age from 50 to 92. Nine were female and six were male. Seven were New Castle County residents, four were Kent County residents, and four were Sussex County residents. Ten of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Nine of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. 


The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Friday, May 15, include: 

Total positive cases: 7,547
Total deaths: 286
Hospitalized: 250 (50 are critically ill)
Delawareans recovered: 3367
Total tested: 40,044

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal. 

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms.

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