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Delaware News Journal
Delaware’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 6,277, an increase of 166 from Friday.
The Division of Public Health also announced eight new deaths as of May 9, bringing the total number of Delawareans to die from COVID-19 to 221.
The most recent deaths announced Saturday ranged in age from 22 to 100. Of them, five were women and three were men. Two were New Castle County residents, two were Kent County residents and four were Sussex County residents, health officials said.
All eight individuals had underlying health conditions. Six were residents of long-term care facilities, according to the state.
In total, the 6,277 confirmed cases are made up of 2,275 people from New Castle County, 2,990 individuals from Sussex County, and 985 individuals from Kent County. Another 27 are considered “unknown.”
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The 221 total individuals who have died ranged in age from 22 to 103 years old. Statewide, 117 were women and 104 were men. Ninety three were New Castle County residents, 38 were Kent County residents and 90 were Sussex County residents.
As of Saturday’s announcement, there are currently 288 people hospitalized due to COVID-19 complications, with 55 considered critically ill.
The number of recovered cases is now 2,450, up from 2,288 on Friday. The number of negative cases is at 23,019.
After seeing a major jump in cases in Sussex County in recent weeks, state officials moved to make more testing available, specifically along the 113 corridor downstate. Testing locations can be located at coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing.
These sites do not require a physician’s note, according to the state.
Additionally, the state announced Friday new testing capabilities due a recent purchase of 200,000 saliva-based tests. The tests, which were purchased from a Los Angeles company called Curative, began arriving Friday.
The governor also extended Delaware’s state of emergency, which includes the current mask requirement, stay-at-home order and beach closures, among other restrictions.
Carney and his team hope to begin the next phase of opening the state back up on June 1. More details on those plans are expected to be announced this coming week.
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