Coronavirus outbreak reported at Delaware Psychiatric Center

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The Department of Health and Social Services confirmed positive cases of coronavirus at the Delaware Psychiatric Center.

Five patients and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at DHSS’ public psychiatric hospital on the grounds of the Herman Holloway Sr. Campus near New Castle. The patients are isolated within a unit at DPC. Staff members are self-isolating at their homes.

“Our hearts go out to the patients and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at DPC,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. “Our highest priority is the health and safety of the individuals we care for at DPC, as well as for the staff who provide the care each day. Unfortunately, we know the individuals we care for at DPC often have multiple underlying conditions, which puts them at a higher risk for COVID-19. Staff at our Division of Public Health are working closely with the staff at DPC to review screening and infection control protocols.”

DPC is the seventh care facility in Delaware to report positive COVID-19 cases. DHSS only identifies facilities with multiple cases.

  • Little Sisters of the Poor in Newark
  • HarborChase of Wilmington
  • Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City
  • Forwood Manor in Wilmington
  • A nursing home in Kent County with one case
  • A nursing home in Sussex County with one case

DHSS’ Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ) is working closely with long-term care and other licensed facilities in the state to verify that strong screening, infection control and isolation measure are in place at each facility, and if, not, to assist them in implementing stronger protocols.

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