The Division of Public Health is currently investigating COVID-19 outbreaks in several long-term care facilities throughout the state
DOVER (DE): A new report maintained by Johns Hopkins University suggests that over 1 million people have died of the Coronavirus (covid-19) disease worldwide, and over 33 million have tested positive for the disease since it’s first outbreak was reported in China.
Earlier last week, we began seeing new reports suggesting that new daily positive cases have been increasing over the past couple of months in some key states. This has caused some worry among health departments across the country as we move into the flu season.
Delaware has also seen some increases in positive cases. In Delaware, The Division of Public Health is currently investigating COVID-19 outbreaks in several long-term care facilities throughout the state. Facilities where significant ongoing outbreaks are occurring include:
Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington where 28 residents and 24 staff members have tested positive for the disease,
Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington where 19 residents and less than 10 staff members have tested positive for the disease, and
Country Rest Home in Greenwood where 18 residents and 14 staff members have tested positive for the disease.
While the source of exposure in these outbreaks is still under investigation, the Division of public health do not believe that visitation activities are a contributing factor with the affected facilities. DPH also says that the availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) also does not appear to be a driving factor in these outbreaks.
According to a news release, “the State routinely monitors PPE levels in these facilities, and no facility has recently requested a need for additional support.”
The release also states that the “DHSS Division of Public Health and Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ) are actively working with impacted facilities to ensure infection control measures are in place.”
One of the biggest concerns among parents were in-person schooling and DPH has also reported that 44 children and staff members have tested positive for the disease since in-person schooling began. The affcted grades are Childcare: 16 students and staff members, Private K-12: 15 students and staff members, and Public K-12: 13 students and staff members.
A total of 20,085 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) since March 11, 2020 with 10,517 of those making a full recovery.
The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 decreased from 7.2% as of Sept. 17, to 6.7% as of Thursday, Sept. 24.
The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated, and DPH continues to monitor for any specific hotspots where increased virus transmission may be occurring throughout the state.