Sussex County woman among COVID-19 fatalities April 8

April 8, 2020

A Sussex County woman is one of three people who died from COVID-19 as the number of cases rose to over 1,000 April 8.

The Sussex County woman, 74, and two New Castle County men, 88 and 81, all had underlying health conditions, said Andrea Wojcik, spokeswoman for the Delaware Division of Public Health.

In total, 19 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Nine of the deaths have been related to long-term care facilities, including eight in New Castle County (six at Little Sisters of the Poor) and one in Sussex County. 

There were 188 more positive cases for a total of 1,116. A total of 177 people are hospitalized with 51 critically ill, Wojcik said. On a county basis, she said, there are 636 in New Castle, 201 in Kent, and 279 in Sussex.

Widespread community transmission is occurring throughout the state, which means COVID-19 is actively circulating in the community. If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle fatigue, or digestive symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite. 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.   

 Wojcik said if you think 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 - might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  

Statewide testing at standing health facility testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested (*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. In New Castle County, individuals can call ChristianaCare at 1-302-733-1000 and Sussex County residents who do not have a provider can call the Beebe COVID-19 Screening Line at 302-645-3200. Individuals awaiting test results, should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results.   

DPH began is working with the United Way of Delaware to better 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.

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, 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 and press ext. 2. Questions can also be submitted by email at     

 DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to     



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