Delaware Public Media

Novel coronavirus cases in Delaware up to 39

Mar 20, 2020

The total number of cases of COVID-19 in Delaware has reached 39.

The majority of confirmed cases are still in New Castle County, with 27 people testing positive there as of Friday morning.

Kent County has five cases and Sussex has seven.

Confirmed cases include a member of Sen. Tom Carper’s staff, a parent in the Milford School District, a staff member at Eastside Charter School, a Wilmington Public Works Department employee and several members of the University of Delaware community.

The Division of Public Health said the ages those with confirmed cases as of Friday afternoon ranged from 14 to 80 and the cases involved 20 men and 19 women. At least four individuals are hospitalized and two are critically ill.


Individuals who are sick are urged to stay home and contact their primary care provider for guidance. Those who have been tested for the virus are urged to wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results. 

State officials urge Delawareans to act as if they have the virus whether they have symptoms or not and remain six feet away from other people. 

And Gov. John Carney expanded his State of Emergency order, closing bowling alleys, movie theaters, fitness centers and health spas.


This story has been updated.