Surge in COVID cases continues

Public health officials urge Delawareans to take necessary precautions to keep each other safe
December 11, 2020

The Delaware Division of Public Health provided an update on the most recent statistics related to COVID-19 in Delaware as of 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10.

A total of 43,818 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, 2020. The number of new daily cases each day this week remained elevated, with the seven-day average increasing to 768.9 as of Dec. 10.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased from 21 percent as of Dec. 3 to 22.8 percent as of Dec. 10. DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its COVID-19 data portal. As of Tuesday, Dec. 8, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 9.5 percent, up from 8.4 percent on Dec. 1. 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, 363 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, an increase of 75 from the total as of last Friday’s update. Forty-nine of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up 12 from last week.

“We need the public to take this virus and this current surge in cases seriously,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Now is not the time to visit with friends or to continue traditions like family cookie bakes unless you can do so virtually. This is the time to double down on mask use, frequent hand washing and keeping your distance from others who reside outside your household.”

DPH reminds the public to review the agency’s COVID-19 Holiday Guidance, which can be found at:

A total of 807 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 25 additional deaths since last week's update, including six as a result of a review of Vital Statistics records. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 range in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those, 412 were female and 395 were male. A total of 398 individuals were from New Castle County, 139 were from Kent County, and 270 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.

Outbreaks in long-term care facilities

DPH 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 Dec. 10:

  • Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington, 51 residents and 43 staff members.
  • Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington, 74 residents and 46 staff
  • Lofland Park in Seaford, 19 residents and 15 staff
  • Cadia Healthcare Capitol in Dover, 45 residents and 26 staff
  • Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar, 38 residents and 32 staff
  • The Moorings at Lewes in Lewes, 14 residents and 29 staff
  • Oak Bridge Terrace at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin, 14 residents and 13 staff

Staff members may include healthcare and non-healthcare personnel, such as facility vendors or other individuals working in the long-term care facility who may not be full-time facility employees. As facility outbreak investigations close, they will be removed from this list.

Delaware COVID-19 data

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, include:

  • 43,818 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 25,107
  • Kent County cases: 6,706
  • Sussex County cases: 11,912
  • Unknown county: 93
  • Females: 23,366; Males: 20,379; Unknown sex: 73
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 363; Critically ill: 49
  • 412,561 negative cases
  • 819,158 total tests administered as of Dec. 8, 2020

Generally, Delaware considers patients recovered after at least 24 hours have passed since the resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and/or improvement in symptoms, and at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared. Individuals who tested positive who have not had any symptoms are considered recovered after at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 test with no subsequent illness.

School-related COVID-19 stats

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. 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. 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, 2020, and Dec. 9, 2020**:



Weekly Total, 12/03/20 – 12/09/20

Cumulative Total, 9/1/20 – 12/09/20


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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 1,686 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 449 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

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

• Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (18)
• Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (18)
• Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (34)
• Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach (3)
• Cadia Healthcare Broadmeadow, Middletown (11)
• Cadia Healthcare Capitol, Dover (17)
• Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (9)
• Cadia Healthcare North Wilmington/Silverside, Wilmington (23)
• Country Rest Home, Greenwood (11)
• Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (12)
• Foulk Manor South, Wilmington (2)
• Forwood Manor, Wilmington (2)
• Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)
• HarborChase of Wilmington, Wilmington (4)
• Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (23)
• Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (43)
• 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 (6)
• ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (13)
• ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (23)
• Methodist Country House, Wilmington (4)
• Millcroft, Newark (2)
• Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (38)
• 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 (5)
• Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (3)
• Sunrise Assisted Living, Wilmington (2)
• The Moorings at Lewes, Lewes (4)
• Westminster Village, Dover (10)
• Four other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
• One other Kent County long-term care facility (1 death at this 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

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or headache or congestion or runny nose without a known cause such as allergies. Other symptoms such as abdominal pain or lack of appetite have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation by a primary care provider. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions - including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment - may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Information about testing events, including community testing sites, permanent fixed testing sites, and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at:

Delawareans over the age of 18 are encouraged to download COVID Alert DE, Delaware’s free exposure notification app, to help protect your neighbors while ensuring your privacy. Download on the App Store or Google Play. 

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses re-open should go to

Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1; individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware healthcare, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, Ext. 2.


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