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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing seven additional fatalities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is providing an update on the number of positive cases and recovered individuals. All data reported through the daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

In total,159 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 30 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 83 were females and 76 were males. A total of 70 individuals were from New Castle County, 27 were from Kent County, and 62 were from Sussex County.

DPH will provide demographic information for COVID-19-related deaths in aggregate only, and will no longer provide demographics of each individual person who died.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 30 to 98. Five were female and two were male. Two were New Castle County residents, one was a Kent County resident, and four were Sussex County residents. Six of the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions. Five individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. DPH learned that one previously reported death was a resident of a long-term care facility, therefore that individual is now included in the total fatalities related to long-term care.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently.

Governor Carney’s thirteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and on public transportation. Governor Carney’s order recommends but does not require children aged 12 or younger to wear a face covering. Any child 2-years-old or younger MUST NOT wear a face covering, due to the risk of suffocation.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Thursday, April 30, include:

4,918 total laboratory-confirmed cases
New Castle County cases: 1,829
Kent County cases: 773
Sussex County cases: 2,292
Unknown County: 24
Females: 2,645; Males: 2,251; Unknown: 22
Age range: 0 to 103
Currently hospitalized: 281; Critically ill: 58 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
Delawareans recovered: 1,403
17,667 negative cases**
*Data are provisional and subject to change.

**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. The data on My Healthy Community will supplement, not replace, the daily case data displayed on de.gov/coronavirus.

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms. Three days after symptoms resolve, patients are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice strict social distancing for the remaining four days before returning to their normal daily routine.

Long-term Care Statistics:

Moving forward, information related to positive cases and deaths among residents at long-term care facilities will be updated weekly on Friday, using information reported as of 6 p.m. Thursday. There have a total of 322 positive COVID-19 cases confirmed cumulatively involving long-term care residents and 102 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The locations and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are:

Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (3)
Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (3)
Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (9)
Cadia Broadmeadow, Middletown (3)
Delaware Psychiatric Center, New Castle (2)
Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (4)
Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)
Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (3)
Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (9)
Hillside Center, Wilmington (3)
Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
Methodist Country House, Wilmington (3)
Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (27)
New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (6)
Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (3)
Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (4)
Seven other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
One Sussex County long-term care facility (1 death at the facility)

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested (*Bayhealth patients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first). These are not walk-in testing sites. Those without a primary care provider can call the DPH Call Center Line at 1-866-408-1899. In New Castle County, individuals can call ChristianaCare at 1-302-733-1000 and Sussex County residents who do not have a provider can call the Beebe COVID-19 Screening Line at 302-645-3200. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results.

Additionally, expanded community testing is occurring in Sussex County. 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.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1; or 7-1-1 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or text your ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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