Fourteen Delawareans passed away due to complications from COVID-19.Eightdeaths are related to long-term care facilities, includingsevenin New Castle County (sixat Little Sisters of the Poor near Newark) and one in Sussex County.The most recent deathsinvolving long-term care facilities includea:
- 66-year-oldhospitalizedfemale fromNew CastleCountywithunderlying health conditions.
- 91-year-old female from New Castle County who had underlying health conditions.
The Division of Public Health asks any Delaware long-term care facilitywith questions or concerns to email:DPH_PAC@delaware.govor call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.
Thelatest Delaware COVID-19 case figures since March 11, also include:
- Males:206; Females:244
- Age range: 1 to 97
- Hospitalized:63; Critically ill:23
- Delawareans recovered:71
- Data on negativecasesare preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.
At a press conference on Friday, Gov. John Carney said hospitalizations are being closely watched by state health officials. Delaware has a limited number of intensive care beds.
Preparations are being made for alternate facilities that could be used to handle non-coronavirus cases.
Still, widespread community transmission is occurring throughout the statewhich means COVID-19 is actively circulating in the community.
Those sick with anyof the followingsymptoms – fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat,muscle fatigue,or digestive symptomssuch asvomiting,diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack ofappetite – should stay home, state health officials stated.
Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
So far, people who have died in Delaware have been elderly with underlying health conditions.
Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email atDPHCall@delaware.gov.