Coronavirus death toll rises to 112 as number testing positive moves toward 3,600 mark

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blankThe number of Coronavirus deaths rose by 12 in the Saturday report from the Delaware Division of Health.

On Friday, the number of deaths moved to the 100 mark, with the number of Delawareans testing positive moving by more than 100

The number of individuals tested for coronavirus is heading toward the 18,000 mark as more people are screened in hotspots like the New Castle area and Georgetown. That figure still amounts to less than two percent of the state’s population.

blankFurther increases in testing are needed as a guidepost in determining the reopening of businesses in the state.

All data reported through the daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 32to 103yearsold. Of those who have died, 59 were females and 53 were males. A total of 52 individuals were from New Castle County, 18 were from Kent County, and 42 were from Sussex County. Seventy-one of the deaths involved residents from long-term care facilities.

Starting today, DPH will provide demographic information for COVID-19-related deaths in aggregate only, and will no longer provide demographics of each individual person who died.

Also not included today are nursing homes where more than one death occurred.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 61 to 97. Four were females and eight were males.

Seven were New Castle County residents, three were Kent County residents, and two were Sussex County residents.

All of the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions. Ten individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. DPH learned that two previously reported deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, therefore those individuals are now included among the total fatalities related to long-term care.

Thelatest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Thursday, April 24, include:

  • New Castle County cases: 1,504
  • Kent County cases:579
  • Sussex County cases:1,490
  • Unknown County: 3
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 300; Critically ill: 61

Sussex County, notably the Georgetown area remains a hotspot with positive tests approaching the figure for more populous New Castle County.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal. The data on My Healthy Community will supplement, not replace, the daily case data displayed onde.gov/coronavirus.

If you are sick with anyof the followingsymptoms,stay home:fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat,muscle fatigue,or digestive symptomssuch asvomiting,diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack ofappetite.If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested (*Bayhealthpatients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first). These are not walk-in testing sites.

Those without a primary care provider can call the DPH Call Center Line at 1-866-408-1899. In New Castle County, individuals can callChristianaCareat 1-302-733-1000 and Sussex County residents who do not have a provider can call the Beebe COVID-19 Screening Line at 302-645-3200. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1; or 7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or text your ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email:DPH_PAC@delaware.govor call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2. Questions can also be submitted by email atDPHCall@delaware.gov.

One encouraging note was the 809 people listed as being recovered from coronavirus.

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