More than 200 more Delawareans tested positive for coronavirus as results come in from enhanced testing in Coastal Sussex County. The state had been seeing 70 or fewer cases on many days.
The update came from the Delaware Division of Heath.
The number of deaths from the virus rose by one from Wednesday to 510.
Gains in the number of cases came from both New Castle and Sussex counties. The most intense testing took place in the Sussex County hospitality industry. It was not immediately clear how many of these tests have been processed.
Test results are listed by place of residence. As a result, some of those testing positive in New Castle County may be linked to the Sussex outbreak.
Below is the change in cases from Wednesday’s report.
- New Castle County cases 5,079, Wed. to 5,183 Thur.
- Kent County cases 1,699, Wed. to 1,716, Thur.
- Sussex County cases: 4,690, Wed. to 4,779, Thur.
*Data are provisional and subject to change.
The Delaware Restaurant Association reported that more than 3,000 restaurant workers in Sussex were tested this week in a program involving the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and Beebe health care.
Delaware State Rep. Paul Baumbach, who has been doing his own analysis of Covid-19 figures said the jump in cases is “very bad news.” Baumbach is also concerned that the percentage of people testing positive has risen to a five-day average of 6.9 percent.
The rate of positives had been below 5 percent.
On Tuesday, Gov. John Carney modified the state’s emergency order to ban bar service in eastern Sussex County. Diners can receive drinks from their tables, but no stools or standing at the bar is permitted. People in close proximity in bar areas have been known to spread Covid-19.
Plans to move to Phase 3 have also been paused.
Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach widened mask requirements in separate orders. Rehoboth now requires masks on the beach, while Bethany now requires their use in its business area.