As Delaware pulls back on the reopening with Phase III, 74 more positive cases reported for Saturday

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Delaware was expected to move into Phase III on Monday June 29, 2020, but over the week, Delaware’s coronavirus (covid-19) daily positive case counts have been slowly increasing.

SMYRNA (DE): Hair salons, barber shops, tattoo services, massage therapy services, nail salons, spas, facials, and similar services were permitted to reopen with 60% capacity Monday, but that won’t be happening.

“We intend to make a decision early next week regarding the start of Phase 3.,” Carney said in a statement.

Today, the division of health reported 74 additional positive cases and on Thursday officials reported 78 new cases. It seems to be slowly increasing following a week of senior activities at Delaware beaches with Wednesday seeing 91 cases.

Officials say a total of 507 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, 268 were females and 239 were males. A total of 242 individuals were from New Castle County, 89 were from Kent County, and 176 were from Sussex County.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Friday, June 26, include:

  • 11,091 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 4,871
  • Kent County cases: 1,652
  • Sussex County cases: 4,542
  • Unknown County: 26
  • Females: 6,126; Males: 4,947; Unknown: 18
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Currently hospitalized: 83; Critically ill:15 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not  cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 6,665
  • 93,171 negative cases**

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: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.  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: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.

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 info@delaware211.org. 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 DPHCall@delaware.gov.  Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

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: DPH_PAC@delaware.gov or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.

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