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First State adds 5 to COVID death toll, another prison death reported

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s COVID-19 death toll rose by 5 for a second straight day, hitting 1,026 Wednesday.

The 5 victims announced by state health officials were all over 74-years-old with underlying conditions.  One was a long-term care facility resident

The Department of Correction (DOC) also announced the state’s 13th inmate death related to COVID Wednesday. It’s only the second since early September.

Michael Harris, a 40-year-old inmate Sussex Correctional Institution died Tuesday night.  He had multiple underlying conditions.

DOC also notes it has 84 active COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.  21 inmates are symptomatic and 2 are hospitalized.

Statewide hospitalizations from COVID-19 ticked up by two to 456. 53 people are considered in critical condition.

The average number of new positive cases remains below 700 with the 7-day average of tests returning positive still hovering around 9 percent. The state is performing around 8,500 tests per day.


Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for nearly 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.