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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 4/22

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April 22

State partners with health providers, Sussex employers on community testing sites, outreach, education

WILMINGTON – Gov. John Carney on Wednesday announced a partnership with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Westside Family Healthcare, local hospital systems, poultry industry employers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and trusted community partners to stand up community testing sites in Sussex County, and increase outreach and distribution of educational materials about COVID-19 in southern Delaware.

The community testing plan is a three-pronged effort. It includes testing through the use of rapid test kits and ensuring access to care; guidance on isolation and assistance when it is not possible to isolate safely; and education and outreach through the assistance of trusted community partners. Individuals will receive “care kits” with essential materials including hand sanitizer, bandanas, thermometers, and educational materials. Educational materials are being translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole to reach those who do not read English as their first language. These tests are not mandatory.

“We are grateful for the partnership of everyone involved in bringing this massive effort together,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay in a statement. “In addition to testing sites at poultry plants, there will also be community testing sites, which we expect will reach workers in other industries and their families. We believe this community-based testing strategy will be critical in identifying the extent of the spread of COVID-19 and of mitigating it, by providing guidance and support for those with positive test results and educational materials for everyone tested.”

Partners in the community testing efforts include:

  • Bayhealth
  • Beebe Healthcare
  • ChristianaCare Health System
  • Nanticoke Health Services
  • Westside Family Healthcare
  • Allen Harim
  • Mountaire Farms
  • Perdue Farms
  • Local Community Partners and Organizations
  • Municipal and County Government
  • Delaware Technical Community College Georgetown
  • Community Health Centers and Providers

April 22

DPH announces 269 new COVID-19 cases, seven new deaths

SMYRNA – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced seven additional fatalities related to COVID-19 as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

In total, 89 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19.  Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 32 to 103 years old.

The most recent deaths all involve individuals with underlying health conditions, except for one individual:

  • 62-year-old female from New Castle County, hospitalized long-term care resident
  • 84-year-old male from New Castle County, hospitalized long-term care resident
  • 62-year-old male from Kent County, hospitalized
  • 74-year-old male from Kent County, hospitalized long-term care resident
  • 50-year-old female from Sussex County, hospitalized, no known underlying health conditions
  • 72-year-old male from Sussex County, hospitalized
  • 88-year-old male from Sussex County, long-term care facility

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m. April 21 include:

  • 3,200 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • New Castle County cases: 1,352
  • Kent County cases: 503
  • Sussex County cases: 1,317
  • Unknown County: 28
  • Males: 1,435; Females: 1,756; Unknown: 9
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 269; Critically ill: 69 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 599
  • 13,353 negative cases
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