Delaware's confirmed COVID-19 cases rise by 132 Sunday, no new deaths


Marina Affo

Delaware's confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 12,128 Sunday, a continuation of the daily increases that have plagued the state over the last week.

The Division of Public Health announced an increase of 132 positive cases and no new deaths, keeping the current number of COVID-19 fatalities at 512. 

In total, the 12,128 confirmed cases are made up of 5,398 people from New Castle County, 4,903 individuals from Sussex County, and 1,746 individuals from Kent County. Another 81 are considered "unknown." 

The 512 people who have died range in age from 21 to 104 years old. 

Statewide, 271 were women and 241 were men. Two hundred-and-forty-five were New Castle County residents, 92 were Kent County residents and 175 were Sussex County residents.

As of Sunday's announcement, there are currently 53 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications, with 15 considered critically ill. 

The number of recovered cases is now 6,740, and the number of negative cases is at 111,813. 

Gov. John Carney recently slowed down the proposed phase three of the state's reopening after spikes in positive COVID-19 cases, particularly down by Delaware's beaches. 

Ahead of the July 4 holiday, Carney ordered bar service in eastern Sussex closed. The Dewey Beach ZIP code has seen a big jump in cases since June 21, many of them young people and beach residents. 

Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the state Division of Public Health said during a press conference last week that whenever the percentage of people testing positive rises above 5%, it's considered a "red flag." That number was at 6% on Thursday. 

Thursday saw the most recent biggest one-day jump of cases, with 221 in a single day. 

While the daily number of new cases is trending up, hospitalizations are trending down, according to state figures. 

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