Coronavirus case total reaches 40, with another New Castle County case.


Another New Castle County resident tested positive for Coronavirus, bringing the total statewide cases to 40 as of Saturday morning, according to figures from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 28 are from New Castle County, five are from Kent County, and seven are from Sussex County.  

DPH will not disclose additional information about the individuals. DPH cannot confirm specific information even if other entities make their own announcements.

Earlier, DuPont Co., Eastside Charter School, Wilmington; the City of Wilmington each reported a staff member had tested positive. The Boggs federal building has been closed until further notice after an attorney who came to a court proceeding tested positive.

In a letter to parents,  Cape Henlopen School District in Coastal Sussex County reported a school bus driver tested positive and has exhibited mild symptoms.

It is now clear that coronavirus is now in the community, a change from the first batch of cases, which were tied to the University of Delaware community in northern Delaware.

“All Delawareans are part of our team. We need you to help us stop the spread of the virus,” said DPH Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong. “It is important for everyone to start taking this virus seriously and practice social distancing. If you are sick, please stay home.”  

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from vulnerable populations. This includes people 60 years of age and older; people with serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, heart disease; or those who are immunocompromised.  

For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough, or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and the next steps.  

For those who have been tested for the virus, the DPH Call Center does not have test results. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. 

Many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain, and fever-reducing medications. However, illness can be severe and require hospitalization in some cases. 

The first (COVID-19)  case was reported a week ago when a University of Delaware faculty member tested positive.  Others in the UD community also tested positive, with many of those involved attending an off-campus event.

Subsequent cases have been reported, with three of the most recent cases identified as a DuPont employee, a City of Wilmington Public Works staffer and a staff member of Eastside Charter school in Wilmington.

A news conference update with Gov. John Carney on what is now described as a pandemic is slated for later in the afternoon.

Under an emergency declaration, Carney has ordered the closing of public schools, restaurants, and bars in an effort to minimize large gatherings. Many restaurants are offering carryout service.

For updates on the number of cases click  this link.

The link also provides information on the virus and the state’s response.

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