Delaware hits new record high for number of positive COVID-19 cases

November 20, 2020

Delaware saw its largest single-day case total since the pandemic began with 649 new cases reported on Nov. 19 by the Division of Public Health.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased from 12.9 percent as of Nov. 12, to 14.8 percent as of Thursday, Nov. 19. As of Tuesday, Nov. 17, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 5.9 percent, up from 4.7 percent as of Nov. 10. There is a two-day lag for presenting data related to percent of tests that are positive to account for the time delay between the date of the test and the date that DPH receives the test result.

In addition, 170 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, an increase of 40 from the total as of last Friday’s update. Twenty-six of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up four from last week.

A total of 30,816 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, 2020, including 15,534 individuals who are considered recovered. The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated with the seven-day average increasing to 398.9.

A total of 746 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 12 additional deaths since last week's update, including two as a result of a review of Vital Statistics records. The total number of individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranges in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 382 were female and 364 were male. A total of 370 individuals were from New Castle County, 123 were from Kent County, and 253 were from Sussex County.

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

Delaware COVID-19 data

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

  • 30,816 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 16,900
  • Kent County cases: 4,324
  • Sussex County cases: 9,493
  • Unknown County: 99
  • Females: 16,607; Males: 14,158; Unknown Sex: 51
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 170; Critically ill: 26 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 15,534
  • 362,466 negative cases
  • 659,454 total tests administered as of Nov. 17

Aggregate K-12 school-related COVID-19 statistics

The Division of Public Health is providing statewide aggregate data on the total number of COVID-19 positive cases among students and staff who were in-person at a school or child care facility while potentially infectious, reported to DPH since Sept. 1, 2020. To determine the start of the infectious period, or when others may have been exposed to someone infectious, DPH looks 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms or 48 hours prior to testing for those individuals who had no symptoms. These data only indicate potential exposure to COVID-19 in these settings, not whether exposure actually occurred. Officials said these figures do not indicate that the infections were caused from being in the school setting.

Total number of COVID-19 positive students and staff, statewide, who were in-person at a school or child care facility while potentially infectious, reported to DPH between Sept. 1 and Nov. 18:


Weekly Total, 11/12/20 – 11/18/20

Cumulative Total, 9/1/20 – 11/18/20


Staff Cases

Students Cases

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Student Cases

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*To protect personal health information, totals less than 10 are not shown.

Long-term care statistics

Information related to positive cases and deaths among residents at long-term care facilities will be updated weekly each Friday, using information reported as of 6 p.m. Thursday. There have been a total of 1,591 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 426 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The Division of Public Health continues to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities throughout the state. The following facilities have experienced significant ongoing outbreaks since late September. Resident and staff tallies represent cumulative case totals between Sept. 25 and Nov. 19:

  • Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington; 54 residents and 44 staff members
  • Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington; 48 residents and 36 staff members.
  • Country Rest Home in Greenwood; 31 residents and 20 staff members
  • Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington; 74 residents and 38 staff
  • Lofland Park in Seaford, 19 residents and 11 staff
  • Cadia Healthcare Capitol in Dover; 44 residents and 22 staff
  • Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar; 34 residents and 29 staff
  • The Moorings at Lewes in Lewes; 14 residents and 17 staff
  • Oak Bridge Terrace at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin; 14 residents and 11 staff

Staff members may include health care and non-health care personnel, such as facility vendors or other individuals working in the long-term care facility who may not be full-time facility employees.

The locations and number of deaths involving residents of long-term care facilities are:

  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (17)
  • Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (18)
  • Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (34)
  • Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach (2)
  • Cadia Healthcare Broadmeadow, Middletown (11)
  • Cadia Healthcare Capitol, Dover (15)
  • Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (9)
  • Cadia Healthcare North Wilmington/Silverside, Wilmington (20)
  • Country Rest Home, Greenwood (10)
  • Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (11)
  • Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)
  • HarborChase of Wilmington, Wilmington (4)
  • Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (23)
  • Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (42)
  • Hillside Center, Wilmington (3)
  • Kentmere Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Wilmington (8)
  • Kutz Senior Living, Wilmington (2)
  • Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
  • Lofland Park Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (5)
  • ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (13)
  • ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (23)
  • Methodist Country House, Wilmington (4)
  • Millcroft, Newark (2)
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (37)
  • New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (12)
  • Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark (11)
  • Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (26)
  • Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (24)
  • Regal Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Hockessin (6)
  • Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (2)
  • Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (3)
  • Sunrise Assisted Living, Wilmington (2)
  • The Moorings at Lewes, Lewes (3)
  • Westminster Village, Dover (7)
  • Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, and information on Delaware's contact tracing efforts can be found on the Division of Public Health's My Healthy Community data portal at

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