State coronavirus total hits 119 as state adds more info to ‘dashboard’

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The number of coronavirus cases in Delaware remained at 119 on Thursday morning.

In a related development, the Delaware Division of Health COVID-19 dashboard now has additional information, including the number of hospitalizations and a chart on the number of cases reported by date.

The revised chart comes as other jurisdictions, including neighboring Chester and Delaware counties, add a detailed dashboard that includes cases listed by the municipality.

Meanwhile, neighboring Cecil County, MD reported nine cases as of Thursday morning.

The Division of Public Health previously updated more detailed information via press release.

The total number of positive cases represents a cumulative total of cases, including individuals who are currently ill and those who are considered “recovered.”

 The Delaware Division of Health disclosed that four individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 since March 11, 2020, have fully recovered from their illness.

Patients are considered fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms (three days after symptoms resolve, they are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice extreme social distancing for the remaining four days).

 Of the 119 cases, 58 are male and 61 are female. The individuals range in age from 1 to 90. Fourteen individuals are currently hospitalized; seven are critically ill. The source of exposure for many of these positive cases is unknown, which indicates community spread of the virus is occurring in the state. 

 Various organizations,  ranging from DuPont to Dover Air Force Base have disclosed confirmed cases.

On Sunday, March 22, Governor Carney issued the fourth and fifth modifications to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering Delawareans to stay at home whenever possible and closing all non-essential businesses in the state to help stop community spread of COVID-19. The orders went into effect at 8:00 a.m. Monday.

For individuals who are sick, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps. DPH recommends that individuals who are sick, even with mild symptoms that would be present with a cold or flu, are strongly advised to stay home to help prevent the spread of illness to others.  

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites began on Monday, March 23. These are not walk-in testing sites. A physician’s order or prescription is required for testing at one of the standing test sites (*Bayhealth patients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first). Those without a primary care provider can call the DPH Call Center Line at 1-888-408-1899. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results.  

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. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov 

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