Number of coronavirus cases rises to 19 as Kent County gets its first patient


Three additional cases of coronavirus were reported this morning by the Delaware Division of Public Health.

This is on top of the eight additional cases of coronavirus that were reported on Tuesday afternoon. The state now has a total of 19 cases. 

The division also reported  Kent County’s first case. The Kent County resident is in critical condition, the first such advanced case of the virus in the state that has been reported. 

The Sussex County resident who tested positive had a travel-related exposure. The source of the exposure of the remaining individuals is under investigation. 

DPH will not be disclosing additional information about the individuals.

The division does not have the results for all of the patients who attended drive-through events. The hospital systems that performed the testing will report results to the patients, and all positive results to DPH. Beebe Healthcare in Lewes also conducted a drive-thru event in Lewes.

 DPH’s guidance for individuals who are well, is to limit social contacts while practicing social distancing from others (keeping six feet apart), and finding alternative ways to greet people that don’t involve shaking hands, as well as practicing good hand and cough hygiene. 

Individuals who are at elevated risk, which includes persons age 60 and older and those with chronic underlying health conditions, are urged to remain at home to limit their exposure to germs.     

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

 Testing for coronavirus disease is not recommended for individuals who do not have any symptoms of illness.

While testing for the disease at the Public Health Lab requires DPH approval, providers do not need DPH approval to submit test samples to commercial labs.

With commercial lab testing now available, Delaware has enough capacity to accommodate its current testing needs. Providers only need to collect nasal swabs as they would for flu to submit samples for testing.  

 There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection at this time. While in some cases illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain, and fever-reducing medications. 

  Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email The DPH Call Center does not have test results. Individuals awaiting test results should wait to hear back from their medical providers.  

 DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to 

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