Delaware cases top 2,000 and the death toll climbs to 46

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Meredith Newman,


Delaware has confirmed more than 2,000 cases of the coronavirus, as the death toll has climbed to 46 people. 


As of Wednesday, state health officials said 2,014 people have tested positive in Delaware, which is an increase of 88 from the previous day, according to the state's website.


Three more people have died from complications related to the coronavirus. The deaths include a 53-year-old Kent County woman, a 46-year-old New Castle County man and an 83-year-old Sussex County woman. 


The Sussex resident lived in a long-term care facility, officials said. As of Wednesday, there have been 93 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care facilities, health officials said. 


Of this number, 28 people have died from complications. Almost half of the deaths — 11 — have been connected to Little Sisters of the Poor in Ogletown. 


There are now 974 cases in New Castle County, 345 in Kent County and 678 in Sussex County, according to the state's website. The number of hospitalizations is now 208, with 48 considered critically ill. The total number of people recovered is 354.


Gov. John Carney said this week that the number of hospitalizations in Delaware is fewer than what protective models had indicated. The rate hovers around 11.6% after officials had projected it to potentially reach 20%. 


2 more cases for DOC


The Department of Correction also announced Wednesday that an inmate at 

Sussex Community Corrections Center near Georgetown and a correctional officer at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna have tested positive for the virus. 


In total, 13 inmates and 13 correctional officers in Delaware's prison system have been confirmed with the coronavirus.


Carney issues nursing home rules


In an executive order Wednesday, the governor issued new regulations for nursing homes and long-term living facilities as the state continues to see an increase in coronavirus cases and related deaths in residents.  


These facilities are required to create dedicated teams to treat those with COVID-19, as well as create separate areas for those with confirmed or suspected cases of coronavirus. It also requires an area for newly admitted and re-admitted residents to be observed for early signs of COVID-19 for 14 days. 



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