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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 5/13


May 13

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, May 13

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 211 new positive cases have been confirmed and that 10 more Delawareans — 247 in all — have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The deceased range in age from 22 to 103 years old.

As of May 13, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 6,952 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 2,496 of them in New Castle County, 1,084 in Kent County and 3,336 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 27,801 negative cases.

There are 282 Delawareans who are currently hospitalized. To date, 2,942 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.

YMCA continues food distribution efforts 

The YMCA of Delaware is distributing food at multiple sites throughout the state.  Community members will be able to pick up boxes of pre-packaged non-refrigerated/non-perishable food staples.

They are working with the Food Bank of Delaware to add distribution dates and locations. Please check back frequently for updates. Distribution will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., or until supplies are depleted. 

  • Wednesday, May 13 – Brandywine YMCA
  • Wednesday, May 13 – Western YMCA
  • Thursday, May 14 – Central YMCA
  • Thursday, May 14 – Bear YMCA
  • Thursday, May 14 – Dover YMCA
  • Tuesday, May 19 – Sussex YMCA
  • Thursday, May 21 – Middletown YMCA

Fannie Mae announces COVID-19 payment deferral

Fannie Mae announced a payment deferral option for homeowners who experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19 that has been resolved and are ready to resume their monthly mortgage payments.

Under a forbearance plan, homeowners are required to repay the missed payments, but they are not required to repay them all at once. The best solution will depend on the homeowner’s financial situation when the forbearance plan has concluded.

Homeowners needing additional assistance can access Fannie Mae’s Disaster Response Network through the Loan Lookup Tool. If the tool confirms the homeowner has a Fannie Mae-owned loan, they can work with the Disaster Response Network’s HUD-approved housing counselors who can help navigate the broader financial challenges many are facing.

Rite Aid Opens Free Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site

Free COVID-19 tests are now being offered at four Rite Aid locations across the state.  Tests are available by appointment at 200 Pharmacy Drive in Smyrna, 1999 Pulaski Highway in Bear, 24892 John Williams Hwy. in Millsboro and 3801 N. Market Street in Wilmington.

The tests are being conducted as a drive up service in the pharmacy’s parking lot. The Rite Aid tests utilize self-swab nasal tests overseen by Rite Aid pharmacists. Results are available between two and seven days. Rite Aid says they can perform approximately 400 tests a day. Testing hours are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Complete a pre-screening questionnaire and schedule an appointment, here.

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