Three under investigation for COVID-19

March 9, 2020

Three people are under investigation by Delaware public health officials for coronavirus COVID-19. Two cases are in New Castle County and one is in Kent County, according to public health statistics released March 9. Those under investigation have symptoms and recently traveled to areas considered a risk, officials said. Symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Another 18 people are being monitored for a total of 65 people who have been monitored. The state is monitoring people who have traveled to countries with travel advisories, including China, Japan, Italy, South Korea and Iran.

So far, 15 people in the state have tested negative for the virus, officials said.

Division of Public Health Lab in Smyrna has the capability to test for COVID-19. It is the only testing lab in the state for the virus, officials said.

Health officials do not recommend buying or using face masks for healthy individuals. If infected, however, officials said, a mask can help prevent the spread of a virus.

The Division of Public Health is operating a call center number at 1-866-408-1899 for residents who have questions about the virus. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A recorded message will provide instructions for persons calling after 4:30 p.m. or on weekends. Returning travelers from a country with a level 2 Travel Alert or higher should call 911. Individuals can also submit questions at

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