8 more Delawareans tests positive for COVID-19

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As Delaware puts everyday measures in place to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, 8 more Delawareans find themselves infected with the deadly disease.

DOVER (DE): Earlier today, the Department of Health announced eight more positive Coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 16 in Delaware. Seven of the eight individuals are New Castle County residents, and one is the first reported case in Sussex County.

Four of these individuals are males, and four are females. All but one is self-isolating at home; one in New Castle County is hospitalized.

The Department of Health said that six of the seven New Castle County residents participated in the ChristianaCare Health System drive through testing event which occured last Friday March 13th. The Department of Health do not have the results for all of the patients who attended the drive-through event and the hospital system that performed the testing will report the results to the patients, and all positive results back to the Department of Health.

According to Department of Health spokeswoman, Andrea Wojcik, The Sussex County resident had a travel-related exposure. The source of the exposure of the remaining individuals is under investigation.

The Department of Health reminds Delawareans to use everyday measures to prevent the spread of all infections, which would also slow the spread of COVID-19:

• Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it right away.
• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, including the backs of your hands and under your nails, for 20 seconds. Or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Clean commonly used surfaces such as computers, desktops, countertops cabinets, handles and more with disinfectant.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
• If you are healthy, the CDC does not recommend buying or using face masks. You should only wear a mask if a health care provider tells you do so.

Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. The DPH Call Center does not have test results. Individuals awaiting test results should wait to hear back from their medical provider.

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