COVID-19 claims seven lives as number of critically ill goes down

May 18, 2020

The number of critically ill COVID-19 patients continues to go down as Delaware reported 39 cases May 18, six fewer than the day before.

It’s the lowest number of critically ill patients reported since April 5 when 25 were reported by health officials..

Delaware Division of Public Health reported seven new deaths related to COVID-19, for a total of 297. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 155 were women; 142 were men. A total of 130 individuals were from New Castle County, 52 were from Kent County, 114 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is unknown at this time. 

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 60 to 89, three women and four men. Six were New Castle County residents, and one was a Sussex County resident. Six of them had underlying health conditions. Three were residents of long-term care facilities.   

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Sunday, May 17, include:  

  • 7,869 total positive cases  
  • New Castle County cases: 2,738 
  • Kent County cases: 1,219 
  • Sussex County cases: 3,861 
  • Unknown county: 51 
  • Females: 4,313; males: 3,532; unknown: 24 
  • Age range: 0 to 103 years
  • Currently hospitalized: 240; critically ill: 39; data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative
  • Delawareans recovered: 3,545 
  • 34,589 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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