Deaths from coronavirus increase to 14 in Cecil County


The Cecil County Health Department reported 14 deaths from coronavirus and 196 confirmed cases, up two from Monday.

More than half of the confirmed cases have recovered from the virus.

Many of the deaths are believed to have occurred at long-term care facilities in the county.

Cecil County shares a boundary with heavily populated New Castle County County. The first cases of coronavirus in Delaware were reported in the Newark area, a short hop from Cecil.

Cecil County does not list the number of total tests. The figures seem to suggest that testing to date has been on the light side given the percentage of positive cases to deaths.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered that all patients and staff of long-term care facilities be tested. Neighboring Governor John made a similar move for Delaware.

Maryland was able to secure a half a million tests from South Korea, with a Korea Airlines jet landing at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

State troopers and National Guard personnel on hand in the event that federal officials attempted to seize the shipment, which was taken to an undisclosed location.

The Cecil health department warned that the virus continues to be spread in the community and urged steps such as wearing a face mask in public places and staying home when possible.

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