Updated: Coronavirus deaths rise to 260, with Sussex having 1,000 more cases than New Castle


Deaths from coronavirus rose to 260, according to the daily report from the Delaware Division of Health.

The figure was up 13 from yesterday’s report. Figures are current as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

Delaware ranks 12th among the 50 states in its death rate from coronavirus per 100,000 population, according to Statistica.

 Those residing in long-term care facilities have accounted for a high percentage of deaths. Some seeking a more rapid reopening of the economy seeking to exclude those figures from reopening metrics.

The state now has more than 7,200 cases of the virus as testing is stepped up in Sussex County and other areas of the state.

More than 3,000 have recovered from the virus. Most of Sussex County remains a COVID-19 hotspot, despite having 40 percent fewer people and less population density than New Castle.  More details will be released this afternoon.

In total, 260 Delawareans have died  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, 137 were females and 123 were males. A total of 108 individuals were from New Castle County, 46 were from Kent County, 105 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 21 to 94. Eight were female and five were male. Six were New Castle County residents, one was a Kent County resident, and six were Sussex County residents. Nine of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Nine of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. 

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics*  since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 13, include: 

  • 7,223 total positive cases 
  • Females: 3,948; Males: 3,248; Unknown: 27
  • Age range: 0 to 103 
  • Currently hospitalized: 273; Critically ill: 52 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 3,080
  • 29,634 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.  

See state’s dashboard below for further details. 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. 


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