Coronavirus cases rise to 450 with 2 additional deaths reported

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blankThe Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) disclosed two additional fatalities related to coronavirus as the number of total cases jumped by more than 50.

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
  • 4,995negativecases*
  • 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.

blankThe latest report did show that the long-feared curve in cases is occurring, although Carney said he has seen a few encouraging signs as more people stay at home and maintain social distancing.

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.

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