Hospitalizations decline as coronavirus death toll rises to 177

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Delaware deaths related to coronavirus rose by nine as hospitalizations declined in the Sunday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The number of people testing positive rose by fewer than 200. Health officials have cautioned that test results come in batches, with a sharp increase in positives in the coming days.

Sussex County continues to report the largest number of cases. Its case numbers now exceed those of more heavily populated New Castle County by 400.

The hotspot in Sussex extends along Route 113 and into the western part of the county.

The figures, while released around 1 p.m. each day, are based on data from 6 p.m. the previous day.

Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 26 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 94 were females and 83 were males. A total of 79 individuals were from New Castle County, 30 were from Kent County, and 68 were from Sussex County.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 33 to 84. Four were female and five were male. Three were New Castle County residents, one was a Kent County resident, and five were Sussex County residents. All nine individuals had underlying health conditions. Five 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., Saturday, May 2, include:

  • New Castle County cases: 1,903
  • Kent County cases: 821
  • Sussex County cases: 2,461
  • Unknown County: 23
  • Females: 2,810; Males: 2,375; Unknown: 23
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 284; Critically ill: 61
  • 18,529 negative cases**

**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.

Expanded community testing is occurring in Sussex County, which now has the highest number of cases.

Sites can be found: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/. These sites do not require a physician’s order. These community testing sites are for community members and employees along the Route 113 corridor in Sussex County, including areas as far west as Seaford/Laurel with a focus on employees of essential businesses, at-risk populations and their families, those exposed to someone with COVID-19, or someone caring for a sick family member with COVID-19. The hours of operation for these sites may be limited by the number of supplies available for the specific event.

Click here for the updated interactive dashboardwhich is updated every day around 1 p.m.

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