Delaware reports only 79 new coronavirus cases as death toll rises to 152


Brandon Holveck

Minority communities have felt the brunt of the coronavirus in Delaware. Wochit

State health officials confirmed 79 additional coronavirus cases Thursday, making it the second straight day with fewer than 100 new cases in Delaware.

Officials also announced an additional eight deaths related to complications from the virus, bringing the state's death toll to 152.

To date, the state has confirmed 4,734 cases of COVID-19. Sussex County accounts for the most cases of any county with 2,216, including an additional 47 cases announced Tuesday.

Officials confirmed more than 400 cases on Sunday and Tuesday, a spike largely attributed to increased testing in Sussex County. Since Tuesday, the state has announced only 159 cases.

Delaware is ramping up testing at community sites throughout the week in Georgetown and Milford after Gov. John Carney declared Sussex County a hot spot for COVID-19.

The sites, which test residents without a doctor's referral, could lead to another spike in known cases. Last week, 35% of the more than 750 people tested in Sussex County by state and local hospitals tested positive. It's the rate of infection that the state is focusing on as opposed to aggregate numbers, Carney said earlier this week. 

According to the state's latest figures, 1,275 people who tested positive for the virus have recovered. The number of people hospitalized dropped by 30 Thursday to 296.

Officials have reported 1,734 cases in New Castle County, 759 cases in Kent County and 2,216 cases in Sussex County since March 11.

The eight deaths announced Thursday were of people ranging in age from 65 to

95, and all but two had underlying health conditions.

More than half of the state's deaths have involved residents of long-term care facilities. Seven of the deaths announced Thursday were residents of long-term care facilities, raising Delaware's tally at such sites to 96.

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