Number of coronavirus deaths rises to 159 as hospitalizations continue to drop


blankThe number of COVID-19 deaths rose by seven to 159 as the number of hospitalized patients continued to decline.

The figures were released by the Delaware Division of Health.

blankThe number of people who tested positive for the virus continues to increase at a steady rate. State officials have cautioned that stepped up testing rates could lead to a sharply higher number of positive cases since lab results do not always come in at a steady rate.

Of those who have died from the virus, 83 were females and 76 were males. A total of 70 individuals were from New Castle County, 27 were from Kent County, and 62 were from Sussex County.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 30 to 98. Five were female and two were male. Two were New Castle County residents, one was a Kent County resident, and four were Sussex County residents. Six of the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions.

Five individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30, include:

  • 4,918 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • New Castle County cases: 1,829
  • Kent County cases: 773
  • Sussex County cases: 2,292
  • Unknown County: 24
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 281; Critically ill: 58

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

Expanded community testing is occurring in Sussex County. These sites do not require a physician’s order. These community testing sites are for community members and employees along the Route 113 corridor in Sussex County, including areas as far west as Seaford/Laurel with a focus on employees of essential businesses, at-risk populations and their families, those exposed to someone with COVID-19, or someone caring for a sick family member with COVID-19. The hours of operation for these sites may be limited by the number of supplies available for the specific event.

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