Coronavirus death toll now more than 300 as number of positive tests now totals more 8,000


The number of deaths related to coronavirus rose by seven to 304 in the Tuesday report from the Delaware Division of Health.

The number of hospitalizations fell to 236 from 240. That figure is closely watched as any uptick could lead to an even higher death toll.

About four percent of the state’s population has been tested for coronavirus, with the number of people recovering the virus heading toward 4,000.  The number of positive cases rose to 7,869 as the state stepped up testing.  

A total of  304 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 158 were females and 146 were males. A total of 135 individuals were from New Castle County, 53 were from Kent County, 115 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is undeermined  at this time.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 38 to 94. Three were female and four were male. Five were New Castle County residents, one was a Kent County resident, and one was a Sussex County resident. Six of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Five of the 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., Monday, May 18, include: 

  • 8,037 total positive cases 
  • New Castle County cases: 2,845
  • Kent County cases: 1,238
  • Sussex County cases: 3,904
  • Unknown County: 50
  • Females: 4,407; Males: 3,602; Unknown: 28
  • Age range: 0 to 103 
  • Currently hospitalized: 236; Critically ill: 40 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 3,760
  • 36,095 negative cases** 

*Data are provisional and subject to change. 

**Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.  

  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. 

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

State health officials and Gov. John Carney have cautioned against reading too much into daily figures due to the difficulties of collecting real-time data and “lumpy data” that comes from variations in the number of test results sent in by laboratories. 

The state is ramping up testing with the help of 200,000  test kits. Selected Rite Aid pharmacies also offer testing by appointment with no doctor’s note required.

See the dashboard below for other details.

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