Governor John Carney answered questions about the impact of the coronavirus on Delaware and recently announced its reopening with neighboring states.
Delaware News Journal
Although coronavirus cases increased by 61 on Thursday and six others died, Delaware health officials warned that treatment delays would likely mean a “significant increase” in the number of cases announced on Friday.
“The number of positive cases today may give the impression that we are stabilizing or that the number of cases is decreasing. However, this is not a true reflection of the situation in Delaware, “Public Health Division spokesperson Jen Brestel wrote in an email. .
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The state plans to “see a significant increase in the total number of cases once again” on Friday, she wrote.
The officials did not specify the cause of the processing delays.
The six deaths bring the balance sheet to 52 people. As of April 16, state health officials have confirmed 2,075 cases of COVID-19 in Delaware. The state said 209 people were hospitalized, 60 of whom were in critical condition.
Four of those who died were from New Castle County. They include a 57 year old male resident at the Governor Bacon Health Center; a 72-year-old woman from New Castle County and an 84-year-old man, both hospitalized; and a 71-year-old man.
The other deaths were a 59-year-old woman from Kent County and a 68-year-old man from Sussex who was a long-term hospital resident.
New Castle County surpassed 1,000 positive cases, with 1,003 on Thursday. Kent County had 352 and Sussex 698. Of the total, 378 have recovered.
The state also reports that the 11,275 test turned out to be negative.
• Governor Bacon’s resident was the only one who tested positive at the facility, while eight staff members tested positive.
• Two residents and two staff from the Delaware Hospital for the Chronic Ill have tested positive, officials said. These two residents are hospitalized and staff members isolate themselves at home.
• The Delaware Psychiatric Center has confirmed 12 cases among patients and six among staff, officials said.
• Another state inmate and a correctional officer tested positive for coronavirus, and prisons tested 56 others for COVID-19.
The detainee who tested positive was at the Sussex Community Corrections Center and was tested for flu-like symptoms. The officer was from the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center.
The 56 detainees tested by the department were all housed near other people who tested positive. 48 were returned as negative and one is retested because the sample has been compromised. Seven tests are pending.
There are now 14 detainees and 14 officers with positive cases.
• A Delaware inmate died of complications from respiratory failure on Thursday, according to the Department of Corrections. Inmate Joseph Russo, 73, suffered from “multiple underlying health conditions” and died on the Kent County campus of Bayhealth Hospital.
He previously tested negative for COVID-19, but results of an additional test are pending, officials said.
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