Contact tracing to begin June 1 as state reports five deaths from COVID-19

May 31, 2020

The Delaware Division of Public Health is announcing five additional fatalities related to 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. 

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 65 to 93. Two of the individuals were female and three were male. Four were New Castle County residents, and one was a Sussex County resident. All five individuals had underlying health conditions and were residents of long-term care facilities. 

A saliva-based testing event will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Beacon Middle School, 19483 John J Williams Highway, Lewes. People are strongly encouraged to pre-register at to reserve your place and reduce wait time for this viral test. Limited on-site registration will be available. Individuals are asked not to eat, drink, or brush your teeth for 20 minutes prior to taking the test.

On Monday June 1, DPH Community Health employees will begin conducting contact tracing and case investigations in the community. DPH field teams of two will personally visit individuals for whom DPH has no phone number to advise them they have a positive test result for COVID-19, or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The DPH employees will have state employee identification and most likely be wearing a shirt which identifies them as a DPH employee. They will also be wearing a mask, gloves, and may even wear a face shield. They will request permission to ask the person a series of questions, but will not request to enter the home unless they are unable to maintain the individual's privacy outside the home. Contact tracers do not ask for bank account or Social Security information. An individual's information will not be shared with any person or organization, and will only be used to help DPH monitor a person's health status through additional phone calls to that person and help stop the spread of the disease. DPH does not release any personal information to the public. For additional information about contact tracing, visit 

In total, 366 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 192 were females and 174 were males. A total of 170 individuals were from New Castle County, 63 were from Kent County, and 133 were from Sussex County.  

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

  • 9,498 total positive cases 
  • New Castle County cases: 3,758
  • Kent County cases: 1,436
  • Sussex County cases: 4,253
  • Unknown County: 51 
  • Females: 5,220; Males: 4,234; Unknown: 44
  • Age range: 0 to 103 
  • Currently hospitalized: 160; Critically ill: 30 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.) 
  • Delawareans recovered: 5,266 
  • 51,173 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. 



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