Delaware Public Media

Delaware's COVID-19 data shows consistency this week

May 22, 2020

The First State heads into the Memorial Day weekend with its daily COVID-19 data continuing to show consistency.

Delaware health officials report a sixth consecutive day of single digit deaths, while hospitalization numbers remain flat.

Five more COVID-19 related deaths were announced Friday, lifting the total number statewide to 322. 

The latest victims were between 39 and 90 years old.  Two lived in New Castle County, two in Sussex and one in Kent. Four had underlying health conditions and three lived at a long-term care facility.

143 more positive cases were reported statewide Friday, bringing the total to date to 8,529.

Current hospitalizations were up just one to 221. That number has been at 250 or below for a full week now.

The five-day average of the percentage of people testing positive has also been largely static this week— hovering around the 10 percent mark. The five-day average new positive cases also continues to trend downward.

And another 166 patients are considered recovered from the virus, bringing that total to 4,296 since the start of the outbreak.

The state also offered its weekly update on long-term care facility data Friday. Delaware now reports 208 of its 322 COVID-19 related deaths have involved long-term care facility residents. Eight facilities have seen 10 or more fatalities.  Genesis Healthcare's Milford Center has had the most - 31. Another Genesis HelathCare facility, the Brackenville Center in Hockessin, has had 11 deaths connected to the virus.  In all, 30 long-term care facilities in the state have had at least one death.

Long term care facilities also account 607 of the state's 8,529 cases since March 11th.


County case numbers show 79 new cases in New Castle County, 42 in Sussex County and 15 in Kent County. Sussex stll has the most overall cases to date with 4,048.

40,457 people have tested negative to date. That's up 1,301 from Thursday.