Delaware reports second day without Covid deaths while awaiting beach test results

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Delaware went another day without additional deaths from coronavirus, according to Friday night figures from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The number of positive cases rose by 74, in line with previous days.

Nearly 11,100 residents have tested positive for the virus. About 104,000 Delawareans have been tested or about 10.6 percent of the state’s population.

(See the interactive state dashboard at the bottom of this story for more detailed information by county and zip code).

This week, Gov. John Carney delayed an announcement on the third phase of the state’s reopening. It came after a batch of cases was tied to a senior week in the Dewey Beach area.

The group lived for a time in a beach house and attended parties. Both situations can lead to community spread of the virus.

On Friday, a test site was set up in coastal Sussex County to screen hospitality workers and others who may have been exposed to those carrying the virus.

A few dining and entertainment venues reduced operations or closed in response to concerns over the spread of the virus.

Carney said the results and the use of masks and social distancing will be weighed in determining whether Phase 3 can proceed in time for the July 4 holiday.

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement.
Those concerned that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov.
Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen can go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.

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