As the number of positive of Coronavirus cases continue to increase in Delaware, the governor’s office is strongly encouraging the public to take steps to help slow the virus down, like social distancing of at least six feet from each other, keeping away from those with underlying medical conditions, and those over the age of 60. These are vulnerable people.
Dover (DE): To date, there has been 39 total laboratory-confirmed cases in the state since March 11. This includes nine additional cases since yesterday. Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 27 are from New Castle County, five are from Kent County, and seven are from Sussex County. Of these cases, 20 are male and 19 are female. The individuals range in age from 14 to 80.
Four individuals are currently hospitalized; two are critically ill.
According Jennifer Brestel, a Delaware Department of Health spokeswoman, “If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from vulnerable populations. This includes people 60 years of age and older; people with serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease or heart disease; or those who are immunocompromised.”
Per Department of Health guidelines, “For individuals who are sick, particularly with fever and cough or shortness of breath, stay home and contact your primary care provider for guidance regarding symptoms and next steps.
Many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. However, illness can be severe and require hospitalization in some cases.”
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. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.