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New round of COVID-19 outbreaks appear at Delaware long-term care facilities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The First State is seeing new COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health says it is looking into a surge in cases at several facilities and highlighted three in particular.

DPH reports Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington has seen 28 residents and 24 staff members test positive.

Testing has found 19 residents and less than 10 staff members at Cadia Healthcare Silverside in North Wilmington are COVID positive.

And Country Rest Home in Greenwood is dealing with cases involving 18 residents and 14 staff members.

State health officials say they do not believe visitation activities are contributing to the outbreaks since indoor visitation is not happening at these facilities. They also are ruling out availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) as a driving factor.

The state says it is actively working with impacted facilities to ensure infection control measures are in place.   

And earlier this week, facilities were issued updated state guidance to test all staff weekly and all bi-weekly testing schedules were suspended. Bi-weekly testing was allowed at facilities with no new infections for a minimum of 14 days. 

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.