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Delaware sees 100th death linked to COVID-19 as hospitalizations dip

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Delaware has hit 100 COVID-19-related deaths — and more than 700 recoveries.

 

The state announced eight new virus-related deaths and 134 more cases of COVID-19 Friday — bringing the total lab-confirmed cases in Delaware so far to 3,442. 

Five of the new deaths reported were in New Castle County and three in Sussex County. Four were men and four were wone and ttheir ages ranged from 54 to 102.  Four victims were residents of long-term care facilities.

Sussex County added 17 new confirmed cases while New Castle County saw 97.  Sussex still trails New Castle by less than 100 cases.  New Castle County’s population is more than double that of Sussex.

Public health officials have not updated a zip code map of cases since Thursday. It shows the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Georgetown area. Millsboro, New Castle, Milford, Seaford and Bear also have high numbers.

Current hospitalizations in Delaware fell by 13 from the 290 announced Thursday to 277 Friday. 63 people are considered critically ill

There have been 244 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 59 virus-related deaths at long-term care facilities in Delaware. 

The state has confirmed virus-related deaths at nine specific long-term care facilities: 19 deaths at Genesis HealthCare's Milford Center, 11 at the Little Sisters of the Poor nursing home near Newark, five at the Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation, three at Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, three at Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health, four at New Castle Health and Rehabilitation, two at Hillside Center, two at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, one at the Governor Bacon Health Center.

There have also been deaths at five other New Castle County, one other Kent County and three other Sussex County long-term care facilities.

 

Gov. John Carney updated his State of Emergency order Thursday to allow more out-of-state health care workers to come assist in Delaware’s pandemic response.

Anyone who previously held a medical license in the U.S. can volunteer to work in Delaware as long as they have proper training and their license was in good standing for five-years before it expired or lapsed.

The change also applies to pharmacists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and nurses.

This story will be updated.

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