New Sussex death from COVID-19 brings Delaware deaths to 16

More than 200 cases reported countywide
April 7, 2020

A 67-year old Sussex County man is the 16th Delawarean to die from complications from COVID-19, health officials reported April 7. The man had underlying health conditions and was hospitalized, officials said. Those who have died have ranged in age from 66 to 94 years old.

The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases in Delaware has risen to 928, including 210 in Sussex County. There were 571 cases in New Castle County and 147 in Kent.

As the number of hospitalized patients increases, Delaware Division of Public Health is reporting the total number of people hospitalized, including both Delaware residents and out-of-state residents. This applies to the statistics of those hospitalized only, and represents those currently hospitalized in Delaware.  Officials say 147 people are hospitalized, among them 52 are critically ill. 

Officials report 144 people are considered recovered, and statewide, 7,628 cases tested negative.

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested, although Bayhealth patients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first. 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. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results. 

Health officials have begun a new collaboration this week with the United Way of Delaware to triage incoming calls related to COVID-19. 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.  


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