Coronavirus COVID-19

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) on Thursday, July 2, reported one additional fatality related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), as well as 221 additional positive cases, of which 160 were new positives and 61 were from tests on prior days that entered the new data system on Wednesday. In addition, as of 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 67 individuals were hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, 16 of whom were critically ill.

While the total cumulative number of positive cases has increased by 221 between yesterday and today, DPH officials said it is important to note that not all of those 221 cases represent new infections reported yesterday. According to data entered as of 6 p.m., Wednesday, 160 new positive cases were reported to DPH on July 1. The remaining 61 positive cases are from test results reported on prior days, the majority of which reported over the weekend, but were hung up as DPH transitioned to a new data system. As a reminder, they said, the general public are highly encouraged to use the data on the My Healthy Community dashboard for the most accurate data trends based on the date cases are reported to DPH.

In addition, DPH is making the public aware that the Division of Public Health COVID-19 Call Center will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Fourth of July holiday. The 211 Call Center will operate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email info@delaware211.org. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

As of 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, a total of 510 Delawareans had passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 270 were females and 240 were males. A total of 245 individuals were from New Castle County, 90 were from Kent County, and 175 were from Sussex County.

The most recent death announced on Thursday involved a 67-year-old female long-term care resident of New Castle County who had underlying health conditions.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, as of 6 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, include:

  • 11,731 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 5,183
  • Kent County cases: 1,716
  • Sussex County cases: 4,779
  • Unknown County: 53
  • Females: 6,468; Males: 5,244; Unknown: 19
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 67, including 16 critically ill (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 6,678
  • 103,187 negative cases (preliminary data, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis).

Note: As the Division of Public Health works to stand up Delaware’s new contact tracing program, DPH will transition to a different data surveillance system. During this transition, DPH may not be able to provide updated data on the total number of recovered individuals. This information will be updated for reporting purposes as soon as possible, officials said.

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.

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 (https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state).

Quarantine, recovery, testing

Information about testing events, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the healthcare systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/. Note that, for saliva-based testing events, while long-term care facilities are listed on the Curative registration site, they are not community-based testing sites. The long-term care facility registrations are not open to the public nor to family members of long-term care residents.

People should stay home if they are sick with any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, 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. Anyone who is sick and needs essential supplies should ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what they need.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, is being advised to make sure to distance themself 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.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 211; or 711 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, or text their 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.

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns 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 should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 211, or email info@delaware211.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their 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. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

For all information on Delaware’s response, visit de.gov/coronavirus.