Saliva testing offered at Beacon as new COVID numbers come in

June 1, 2020

A saliva-based COVID-19 test will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 2, at Beacon Middle School in Lewes.

Officials recommend that people who plan to attend should preregister at to reserve a place and reduce wait time for this viral test that will be held at 19483 John J. Williams Highway. Limited on-site registration will be available, and individuals are asked not to eat, drink, or brush their teeth for 20 minutes prior to taking the test.

On June 1, the Delaware Division of Public Health announced two additional fatalities related to COVID-19. All data reported through the daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

The most recent deaths announced ranged in age from 30 to 77. Both individuals were male New Castle County residents with underlying health conditions.

In total, 368 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 192 were females and 176 were males. A total of 172 individuals were from New Castle County, 63 were from Kent County, and 133 were from Sussex County. 

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Sunday, May 31, include:

9,605 total positive cases

New Castle County cases: 3,838

Kent County cases: 1,440

Sussex County cases: 4,272

Unknown County: 55

Females: 5,271; Males: 4,289; Unknown: 45

Age range: 0 to 103

Currently hospitalized: 159; Critically ill: 32

Delawareans recovered: 5,353

52,842 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.

Contact tracing begins

On June 1, DPH Community Health employees began conducting contact tracing and case investigations in the community. DPH field teams of two will personally visit individuals for whom DPH has no phone number to advise them they have a positive test result for COVID-19, or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The DPH employees will have state employee identification and most likely be wearing a shirt which identifies them as a DPH employee. They will also be wearing a mask, gloves, and may even wear a face shield. They will request permission to ask the person a series of questions, but will not request to enter the home unless they are unable to maintain the individual's privacy outside the home. Contact tracers do not ask for bank account or Social Security information. An individual's information will not be shared with any person or organization, and will only be used to help DPH monitor a person's health status through additional phone calls to that person and help stop the spread of the disease. DPH does not release any personal information to the public.

For additional information about contact tracing, visit

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 687 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 228 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities - 64 percent of total COVID-19 fatalities - have died from complications related to COVID-19. The locations and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are:

Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (11)

Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (11)

Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (17)

Cadia Broadmeadow, Middletown (7)

Delaware Psychiatric Center, New Castle (3)

Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (7)

Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)

Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (16)

Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (25)

Hillside Center, Wilmington (3)

Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)

ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (11)

ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (6)

ManorCare Health Services, Newark (2)

Methodist Country House, Wilmington (3)

Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (31)

New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (7)

Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark (6)

Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (15)

Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (16)

Regal Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Hockessin (3)

Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (3)

Sunrise Assisted Living, Wilmington (2)

Westminster Village, Dover (6)

Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)

Two Sussex County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)

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