Less than 1% nursing homes staff test positive for COVID-19 as death toll among residents rises to 278


Delaware Department of Heath and Social Services officials overseeing the state’s COVID-19 response at Delaware’s long-term care facilities say 6,274 staff coronavirus tests had been run as of Monday, and less than 1 percent of those staff members have tested positive.

The announcement came as the state announced that the virus has claimed the lives of 278 long-term care residents.

All staff testing is expected to be finished by Friday. “We were possibly expecting a 3 to 5 percent positive rate when the asymptomatic staff were being tested,” said Mary Peterson, long-term care incident commander at the State Health Operations Center in Smyrna. “But thank goodness – and I’m going to knock on wood – right now it’s at less than 1 percent, and I hope it stays there.”

Delaware earlier announced it would regularly test all long-term care patients and staff.

On Friday the Delaware Division of Health reported 450 positive cases, and one death, among staff members of Delaware long-term care facilities.

The division Delaware Division of Health reported 1,112 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents. A total of 278 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

Long-term care statistics reported by DPH are based on verified epidemiological surveillance data. Case data related to long-term care staff is limited to cases in which the individual self-identified as being a staff member at a long-term care facility during case investigation. For this reason, data reported may not be complete.

The locations and number of deaths involving residents of long-term care facilities are:

  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (14)
  • Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (15)
  • Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (25)
  • Cadia Healthcare Broadmeadow, Middletown (8)
  • Cadia Healthcare Capitol, Dover (6)
  • Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (2)
  • Cadia Healthcare North Wilmington/Silverside, Wilmington (3)
  • Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (9)
  • Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)
  • HarborChase of Wilmington, Wilmington (3)
  • Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (16)
  • Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (35)
  • Hillside Center, Wilmington (3)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
  • ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (12)
  • ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (8)
  • Methodist Country House, Wilmington (3)
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (31)
  • Millcroft, Newark (2)
  • New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (7)
  • Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark (6)
  • Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (17)
  • Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (21)
  • Regal Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Hockessin (4)
  • Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (3)
  • Sunrise Assisted Living, Wilmington (2)
  • Westminster Village, Dover (6)
  • Four other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
  • One Sussex County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)

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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