After group of teens tests positive for covid-19, Sussex County beginning to see a trend in positive cases

The most recent death announced today involved a 66-year-old male New Castle County resident who had no known underlying health conditions.

SMYRNA (DE): At least three teens who shared a rental unit in Bethany Beach with a dozen or more other teens tested positive for the coronavirus (covid-19) during senior week activities., according to a news release from the Department of Health.

The teens also attended several gatherings at Rehoboth Beach, potentially exposing hundreds more., the Department of Health said. It is unknown when the teens shared the rental unit or which rental unit the health department was referring to, but said “the rental unit was shared with other teens in a group setting.”

Now the Department of Health is urging parents to get their kids tested for the virus who was at the rental unit or had contact with the three teens. The health department has begun making contact with the positive cases and their contacts and is providing guidance on how to safely self-isolate or self-quarantine.

Today, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced one additional fatality related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and provided an update on the number of positive cases and recovered individuals.

Sussex County has seen a slow increase over the past couple of days. Wednesday 4,429, Thursday, 4,431 (+2), Friday 4,470 (+39), Saturday  4,487 (+17), and Sunday 4,495 (+8)

In total, 434 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 231 were females and 203 were males. A total of 197 individuals were from New Castle County, 84 were from Kent County, and 153 were from Sussex County.

The most recent death announced today involved a 66-year-old male New Castle County resident who had no known underlying health conditions.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Friday, June 19, include:

  • 10,681 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 4,569
  • Kent County cases: 1,606
  • Sussex County cases: 4,487
  • Unknown County: 19
  • Females: 5,913; Males: 4,750; Unknown: 18
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 75; Critically ill:19 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not  cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 6,395
  • 81,735 negative cases**

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms. Three days after symptoms resolve, patients are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice strict social distancing for the remaining four days before returning to their normal daily routine.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal.

Information about testing events, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at:  Please note for saliva-based testing events that while long-term care facilities are listed on the Curative registration site, they are not community-based testing sites. The long-term care facility registrations are not open to the public nor to family members of long-term care residents.

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to

Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at  Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to:

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to

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