Coronavirus in Delaware: 3,308 confirmed cases statewide and 3 additional deaths Thursday


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Ira Porter,


More than 100 confirmed coronavirus cases have been added to Delaware's growing total, and three additional people have died from the virus, according to state data released Thursday.


The Delaware Division of Public Health said the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases is now 3,308, and 92 people have died.


And still, Sussex County continues to surge as a hot spot for confirmed cases at 1,377. Delaware's most southern county is now only 12 cases behind New Castle County, which is Delaware's most populated.


The number of recovered people in Delaware climbed to 643 Thursday and so did the number of hospitalizations, which crept up to 290 statewide. Sixty-five of those hospitalized are critically ill.


The three most recent deaths were elderly people who all lived in long-term care facilities. They included a 74-year-old man and an 85-year-old woman, both of whom were in facilities in New Castle County, and an 80-year-old man in Sussex.


In New Castle County, Bear and the New Castle area have the most confirmed cases, but several towns in Sussex, including Seaford, Milford and Millsboro, have high numbers. And Georgetown has the most cases in the entire state.


Kent County has less than half the number of confirmed cases of both New Castle and Sussex counties with 539. Females make up the majority of state cases at 1,813. Males represent 1,489 cases, and the sex of six people was unknown.


Delaware's continued rise in cases come as some states around the country, including Georgia and Texas, have announced that they will reopen, to the chagrin of medical experts who warn that it might be too soon. The state has also increased its number of community testing sites.


Gov. John Carney has said that Delaware will adhere to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for when the state will reopen. One of the main criteria is that there will need to be a decline in daily confirmed cases and hospitalizations for two weeks.


State health officials have also started collecting more data specific to race for patients suffering from the coronavirus. This comes after the initial tests done in Delaware did not report that information, and nationally, health experts began seeing that communities of color, particularly African American, had been disproportionately affected by the virus.


Delaware is now requiring that information for every test kit.



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