The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases inched closer Tuesday to the 3,000 cases that Gov. John Carney predicted would happen in Delaware.
State health officials announced an additional 186 confirmed cases Tuesday. There were 10 additional deaths, bringing the total to 82 fatalities statewide.
These most recent deaths spanned age groups, ranging from a 32-year-old woman from Sussex County who was hospitalized to a 103-year-old woman from Sussex County who was living in a long-term care facility.
Everyone who died had underlying health conditions, according to health officials.
In New Castle County, the deaths were a 73-year-old man living in a long-term care facility, a 79-year-old man who was hospitalized, another 79-year-old long-term care resident who was hospitalized and an 84-year-old woman who was hospitalized.
In Kent County, a 51-year-old woman who was hospitalized died from COVID-19.
In Sussex County, three more women died: a 71-year-old long-term care resident who was hospitalized and a 78-year-old and 92-year-old, both of whom were long-term care residents.
The total number of confirmed cases now stands at 2,931 statewide. Of those, 565 people have recovered from the novel coronavirus.
According to health officials, 71 of the 263 people hospitalized are critically ill.
Long-term care facilities have been especially problematic for the state's coronavirus outbreaks. As of Monday night, 218 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Delaware long-term care facilities.
Forty-eight residents have died.
New Castle County and Sussex County lead the state in the number of confirmed cases with 1,303 and 1,139 people infected, respectively. Kent County has 459 cases, and there are 30 cases in Delaware with unknown counties.
State officials said last week they were switching data systems to allow for additional data including race and ethnicity for positive cases and deaths and age-adjusted incidence rates by ZIP code.
This comes after the state failed to record this information for more than half of the 10,000 people it tested in the first month of the outbreak. Many of the test kits and labs did not ask or require the reporting of race and ethnicity.
Across the country, people of color — particularly black Americans — are disproportionately testing positive and dying from complications related to the virus.
Delaware has not publicly released any race-related data about the coronavirus outbreak other than to say two weeks ago that it did not see people from communities of color dying at higher rates here in Delaware.