Coronavirus deaths rise by 7 to 297 as cases head toward 8,000 mark


The number of deaths related to coronavirus rose by seven to  297 in the Monday  report released by the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The state has seen nearly four dozen deaths related to COVID-19 in the past several days.  The bulk of the deaths have involved residents of long-term care centers.  

The number of hospitalizations did show an uptick from 229 to 240 from Sunday, but is still below the peak figure of around 300.

About four percent of the state’s population has been tested for coronavirus, with the number of people recovering the virus passing the 3,500 mark. The number of positive cases rose to 7,869 as the state stepped up testing.

Sussex County continues to have the highest   number of cases per 10,000 population among the state’s three counties, with more than four times the rate of New Castle County.

It was reported on Friday that the outbreak of coronavirus in the poultry worker community is less than first feared with hospitalizations falling below projections.

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

Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 155 were females and 142 were males.

A total of 130 individuals were from New Castle County, 52 were from Kent County, 114 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 60 to 89. Three were female and four were male. Six were New Castle County residents, and one was a Sussex County resident. Six of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Three 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., Sunday, May 17, include:  

  • 7,869 total positive cases  
  • New Castle County cases: 2,738 
  • Kent County cases: 1,219 
  • Sussex County cases: 3,861 
  • Unknown County: 51 
  • Females: 4,313; Males: 3,532; Unknown: 24 
  • Age range: 0 to 103  
  • Currently hospitalized: 240; Critically ill: 39 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)  
  • Delawareans recovered: 3,545 
  • 34,589 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.  

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 a quarter of a million test kits that come with a $30 million price tag. 

See the dashboard below for other details.

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