Expanded statewide COVID testing begins May 14

State announces 10 new deaths related to the virus
May 13, 2020

The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced 10 new deaths and 211 new positive cases of COVID-19. 

In addition, DPH is announcing that the first testing event under Delaware’s expanded statewide testing program will be held Thursday, May 14, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m., hosted by Nanticoke Health Services at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, 1 Swain Road, Seaford. This testing event will utilize saliva-based test kits.

Individuals are strongly encouraged to pre-register at, but on-site registration will also be available. Individuals being tested are advised to not eat or drink anything, or brush their teeth, for at least 20 minutes before their testing appointment, as it may decrease the accuracy of the test.

As additional testing sites are scheduled, more information be provided on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at

Gov. John Carney recently announced a significant statewide expansion of the state’s COVID-19 testing program, in partnership with Delaware’s hospital systems, community healthcare centers, primary care providers and long-term care facilities. The new testing program will allow the state to conduct 80,000 tests monthly – more than four times the current level of testing statewide.

In total, 247 Delawareans have died due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died ranged from 22 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 129 were females and 118 were males. A total of 102 individuals were from New Castle County, 45 were from Kent County, 99 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 55 to 91. Three were female and seven were male. Two were New Castle County residents, two were Kent County residents and six were Sussex County residents. All 10 of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Five of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. 

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include: 

  • 6,952 total positive cases 
  • New Castle County cases: 2,496
  • Kent County cases: 1,084
  • Sussex County cases: 3,336
  • Unknown county: 36
  • Females: 3,795; males: 3,135; unknown: 22
  • Age range: 0 to 103 
  • Currently hospitalized: 282; critically ill: 55 
  • Delawareans recovered: 2,942
  • 27,801 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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