Delaware's COVID-19 cases climb by 170, adding three more deaths to state total


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Ira Porter


The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Delaware climbed by 170 Sunday, bringing the total number to 6,447.


The state also announced three additional deaths Sunday, bringing that total number to 224.


The three people whose deaths were announced Sunday were all women who ranged in age from 86 to 100 and they all had underlying health conditions, according to state health officials.Two were New Castle County residents and one a Sussex County resident. Two of the three were in long term care facilities.

The ages of those who have died from the virus in Delaware range from 22 to 103 years old. Locally, the virus has affected more women than men.


Of the total deaths, 95 have been in New Castle County. There have been 38 in Kent County and 91 in Sussex.


What is more is that the total number cases in Sussex County, which has been a hot spot for Delaware, climbed to higher than 3,000 confirmed cases with 3,059, and Kent County, which is far behind the two other counties in the state, crossed the 1,000 mark with 1,016 confirmed cases.


The number of confirmed cases in New Castle County is 2,331. Forty-one cases are considered unknown.


There are currently 285 people hospitalized in the state with 53 of them critically ill,  and 2,537 people have recovered.


The steady increase in cases comes as Delaware has slowly started the reopening process Friday. Specific businesses that followed guidelines were able to reopen. It also comes as state officials seek to make testing more available and in more locations.


The state will be able to test 80,000 people a month. Recently the state purchased 200,000 saliva tests from a Los Angeles-based company called Curative. Gov. John Carney has said that he will release more information about reopening the state this coming week.



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