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Just one new virus-linked death announced Monday as percent testing positive trends upward

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware reports just one new COVID-19-related death Monday, bringing the total fatalities in the state so far to 225. The increase follows an announcement of just three new deaths Sunday. 


The latest victim is a 54-year-old Kent County woman with underlying health conditions.  She was also a long-term care facility resident.


There are also 118 new positive cases, lifting the total since March 11th to 6,565.


New Castle County gained the most confirmed cases Monday — bringing the total there so far to almost 2,400. Sussex County still leads with close to 3,100. Kent County has had more than one thousand. 


Key indicators for reopening the state are mixed. 


Current hospitalizations have dropped by 10 to 275. The number has held at or below 300 for over 10 days. 58 people are critically ill.


And the 5-day average for new positive cases is trending downward. 


But the 5-day average for the percentage of people testing positive has trended slightly upward over the past nearly two weeks. That measure rose to 35 Sunday - after dipping below 16 days before.


People considered recovered are up 82 Monday to 2,619. Negative tests to date in Delaware now total more than 25,000.


Gov. John Carney has said he hopes to allow Delaware to begin its first phase of reopening June 1. 


This story has been updated and corrected to reflect the latest hospitalization number from the Division of Public Health.


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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