77 COVID-19 deaths connected to long-term care facilities

April 27, 2020

Seventy-seven of the state’s 125 deaths related to COVID-19 are connected to long-term care facilities, the Delaware Division of Public Health says. 

The five new deaths announced April 27 included individuals who ranged in age from 71 to 92, including two from New Castle County, one from Kent County, and two from Sussex County. All of the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions; two were residents of long-term care facilities. 

Of those who have died, 63 were females and 62 were males. A total of 57 individuals were from New Castle County, 23 were from Kent County, and 45 were from Sussex County.     

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics are cumulative since March 11:  

  • 4,162 total laboratory-confirmed cases  
  • New Castle County cases: 1,629 
  • Kent County cases: 652 
  • Sussex County cases: 1,870 
  • Unknown County: 11 
  • Males: 1,882; females: 2,246; unknown: 34 
  • Age range: 0 to 103  
  • Currently hospitalized: 325; critically ill: 50 This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.
  • Delawareans recovered: 996 
  • 15,454 negative cases  

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.    

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested. 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.  

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.  

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware healthcare, long-term care, residential or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2. Questions can also be submitted by email at

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