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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 4/9


April 9, 5:00 p.m.

DPH site updates case numbers

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) there are 1207 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delaware. There have been 91 new cases since yesterday and four new fatalities.
Of the 1209 cases, 701 are from New Castle County, 214 are from Kent County and 294 are from Sussex County. Currently there are 201 Delawareans hospitalized, with 43 currently in critically ill.  Of the 1,184 surviving cases, 173 are considered recovered.

Rapid Response Fund releases second round of funding

The Rapid Response Fund, managed by United Way of Delaware released an additional $90,000 in community investments to help Delawareans struggling to find food, shelter, utilities and rent assistance, and other critical services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Second round recipients were chosen for the strength of their on-the-ground operations in key population areas across the state, and because each has the scope, scale and experience to manage emergency relief efforts.

The Delaware Fund For Women decided to re-direct a $200,000 gift into both the Rapid Response Fund ($100,000), managed by UWDE, and the Strategic Response Fund ($100,000), managed by Delaware Community Foundation.

Second-round recipients of the fund are; First State Community Action Agency which was awarded $30,000, Latin American Community Center awarded $25,000, Catholic Charities awarded $25,000, Modern Maturity Center $5,000 and Delaware 211 which was also awarded $5,000.

April 8, 5:30

DPH advises Delawareans to wear masks

In line with CDC recommendations, the Division of Public Health recommended on that Delawareans should wear cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Those settings include grocery stores and pharmacies.

Wednesday’s guidance from DPH is for the use of cloth face coverings only. The primary purpose of wearing a cloth face covering is not to protect yourself – it is to protect others.

Members of the general public are not recommended to wear medical or surgical masks, which should be reserved as personal protective equipment for health care workers. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

Delawareans who wear a cloth face covering should practice strict hand-washing before and after touching the face covering, according to the DPH guidance. Face coverings are not a replacement for washing hands, practicing physical distancing, and staying home.

Delawareans who are sick should wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth if they must be around other people – even while at home, according to the DPH guidance.

“Wearing a face covering is not a substitute for existing guidance around hand-washing and social distancing,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Delaware Division of Public Health.

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