Coronavirus death toll rises to 137 as number of positive cases rises by more than 400


The death toll from coronavirus rose by 12 in the Tuesday report from the Delaware Division of Health.

The report also showed that the number of people testing positive for the virus rose by more than 200.

The number of hospitalizations continues to rise at a moderate rate as health care providers provide telemedicine and other services to self-isolating  patients. 

Sussex County continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic in Delaware. Today’s figures showed 400 more COVID-19 cases than in more heavily populated New Castle County.

Today marks the first day that Delaware residents are required to wear facemasks in public places, a move that drew criticism in some quarters. 

In a social media post today, Gov. John Carney said the situation remains serious, especially in Sussex County.

In total,137 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19, according to the Division of Public Health.

Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 32 to 103 years old.

Of those who have died, 69 were females and 68 were males.

A total of 63 individuals were from New Castle County, 23 were from Kent County, 50 were from Sussex County. One county of residence is currently unknown. Eighty-six of the deaths have involved residents from long-term care facilities. 

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 60 to 101. Six were female and six were males. Six were New Castle County residents, five were Sussex County residents, and one ​involved an unknown county of residence​ at this time. Eight of the 12 most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions. Nine individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently. 

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Monday, April 27, include: 

  • Currently hospitalized: 337; Critically ill: 60 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 1,096
  • 16,605 negative cases* 

 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 on  


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