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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 3/30

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March 1 p.m.

Delaware cases continue to climb; total passes 250

To date, seven Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.

There have been 264 total laboratory-confirmed cases in the state since March 11. Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 156 are from New Castle County, 27 are from Kent County, and 81 are from Sussex County. So far, twenty-two Delawareans have recovered from COVID-19.

Of the 264 cases, 130 are male and 134 are female, with patients aging from 1 to 95. Forty-six individuals are currently hospitalized and 14 are critically ill.


March 30 10 a.m.

County Executive Meyer launches ‘drive-thru’ wi-fi hotspots across New Castle County

The County’s Information Systems and Public Works departments will provide complimentary wi-fi hotspots in eight locations for County residents starting Monday, March 30.

Wi-Fi users are instructed to remain inside their vehicles while using the hotspots. Guests use their own devices to logon. To learn where additional hotspots have been added visit wifi.nccde.org.

“Wi-Fi is a growing necessity, whether you use it for school, email, or social media, and this will better serve communities who don’t have internet access at home, who are working with limited data plans, and especially students who need to be online to stay connected to their teachers,” County Executive Meyer said in a statement.

If physical distancing is not respected in areas around County buildings, New Castle County will deactivate hotspots.


March 29

Gov.Carney amends State of Emergency; orders out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 Days

Gov.Carney signed the seventh modification to his State of Emergency declaration, ordering all out-of-state travelers to immediately self-quarantine for 14 days, and also applies to anyone who has entered Delaware in the last 14 days. The order goes into effect 8 a.m., Monday, March 30.

This self-quarantine requirement shall not apply to public health, public safety, or health care workers, or any other individual assisting an essential business or providing an emergency service related to COVID-19.

Anyone who lives out-of-state and commutes to Delaware for essential work is encouraged to work from home.

Governor Carney’s order will take effect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30.

Sunday’s order has the force and effect of law. Any failure to comply with the provisions contained in a Declaration of a State of Emergency or any modification to a Declaration of the State of Emergency constitutes a criminal offense.

The Delaware Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued guidance to state and local law enforcement with additional details about enforcement of Governor Carney’s emergency declaration. In accordance with Sunday’s order, law enforcement may conduct traffic stops – limited in scope to public health and quarantine questions – on vehicles registered in other states.

“Now’s not the time to visit Delaware. We’re facing a serious situation here that is getting worse,” Gov. Carney said in a statement. “Delawareans need to stay at home, and anyone from another state visiting Delaware should immediately self-quarantine for two weeks. Everyone needs to take this threat seriously.”


March 28 and 29, 

Sixth Delawarean passed from COVID-19 complications; cases now total 232

Six Delawareans have now passed away from complications to COVID-19. The most recent deaths involve a 76-year-old male and a 79-year-old female from New Castle County who were not hospitalized, a 74-year-old Kent County male a 77-year-old Kent County male who were hospitalized. All had underlying health conditions.

Since March 11 there have been 232 total laboratory-confirmed cases in Delaware. Of the those diagnosed, 141 are from New Castle County, 25 from Kent County, and 66 from Sussex County.

Of the 232 cases, 114 are male and 118 are female, with individuals ranging in age from 1 to 90. Thirty-three individuals are currently hospitalized, nine are critically ill.

Additionally, nine Delaware residents have recovered from COVID-19. Patients are considered fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms.


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