Coronavirus deaths increase to 125


blankThe number of deaths from coronavirus in Delaware rose by five to 125 in the Monday report, up from 120 a day earlier.

The figures from the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services see few signs of “flattening of the curve,” although the percentage of hospitalizations to positive cases remains below previous estimates.

Comparisons are made more difficult by tests coming in clumps, due to the use of outside laboratories with turnaround times of varying duration.

Monday’s figures did show an increase of more than 130 cases, well below the pace of previous days.

Sussex County and the Georgetown area remain a hotspot for positive cases, with the state’s southernmost county reporting 200 more cases than more heavily populated New Castle County.

Hospitalizations, a closely watched figure by health officials, rose by eight from the previous day.

After not following the lead of other governors in the region, Delaware Gov. John Carney ordered the wearing of facemasks in public settings, beginning on Tuesday, with businesses and other places of employment having until May 1 to comply.

Of those who have died, 63were females and62were males. A total of 57individuals were from New Castle County, 23were from Kent County, and 45were from Sussex County.

Seventy-sevenof the deaths involved residents from long-term care facilities.DPH learned that one previously reported death was a resident of a long-term care facility, therefore thatindividual is now included among the 77 total fatalities related to long-term care.

The five new deaths announced today included individuals who ranged in age from71to92.Onewasfemale andfourwere males.Twowere New Castle County residents,one wasaKent County resident, andtwowereSussex County residents. All of the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions.Twoindividuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Sunday, April 26, include:

  • New Castle County cases: 1,629
  • Kent County cases: 652
  • Sussex County cases: 1,870
  • Unknown County:11
  • Males: 1,882; Females: 2,246; Unknown: 34
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 325; Critically ill:50(This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
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