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Coronavirus deaths increase by 10 to 247 as state rolls out new testing program at Sussex site

Coronavirus deaths increase by 10 to 247 as state rolls out new testing program at Sussex site

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) disclosed  10 additional fatalities related to coronavirus.

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

In total, 247 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 22 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 129 were females and 118 were males. A total of 102 individuals were from New Castle County, 45 were from Kent County, 99 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is unknown at this time.


The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 55 to 91. Three were female and seven were male. Two were New Castle County residents, two were Kent County residents, and six were Sussex County residents. All 10 of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Five of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. 

The number of people testing positive for the virus was nearly 7,000, up a couple of hundred from a day earlier. Extensive testing is taking place in Sussex which has by far the largest number of cases among the state’s three counties.

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

  • 6,952 total positive cases 
  • New Castle County cases: 2,496
  • Kent County cases: 1,084
  • Sussex County cases: 3,336
  • Unknown County: 36
  • Females: 3,795; Males: 3,135; Unknown: 22
  • Age range: 0 to 103 
  • Currently hospitalized: 282; Critically ill: 55 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 2,942
  • 27,801 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.  

The division announced that the first testing event under Delaware’s expanded statewide testing program will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020, from 10  a.m. to 2  p.m., hosted by Nanticoke Health Services at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, 1 Swain Road, Seaford. The testing event will use saliva-based test kits. Individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register at http://delaware.curativeinc.com, but on-site registration will also be available. Individuals being tested are advised to not eat or drink anything, or brush their teeth, for at least 20 minutes before their testing appointment, as it may decrease the accuracy of the test.

As additional testing sites are scheduled, more information be provided on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.

Gov. John Carney recently announced a significant statewide expansion of the state’s COVID-19 testing program, in partnership with Delaware’s hospital systems, community health care centers, primary care providers, and long-term care facilities. The new testing program will allow the State of Delaware to conduct 80,000 tests monthly – more than four times the current level of testing statewide.

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. 

You can also check out  the state-supplied dashboard below: