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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 5/14


May 14

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers for Thursday, May 14

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 271 new positive cases have been confirmed and that 13 more Delawareans — 260 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 14, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 7,223 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 2,560 of them in New Castle County, 1,115 in Kent County and 3,503 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 29,634 negative cases.

There are 273 Delawareans who are currently hospitalized. To date, 8,080 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.

Blood Bank of Delmarva blood supply dangerously low
Blood Bank of Delmarva issued an urgent call for healthy blood donors. The need for red blood cells has rebounded to pre-COVID-19 levels, but the blood supply is still dangerously low.
In order to maintain a safe blood supply, a seven-day inventory of all blood types must be continually replenished. Right now, reserves are far below that minimum. For instance, O positive red blood cells are at a 2.8-day inventory level. Read more.

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. 

  • 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

Sen. Coons leads roundtable with national business leaders to discuss climate solutions 

Yesterday, Thursday May 13, U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Mike Braun (R-Ind.), co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, hosted a virtual roundtable with national business leaders on ways to address climate change amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We need clarity that sustainable climate solutions will be bipartisan and that there’s a strong business case for action,” said Senator Coons. “Conversations like this help unite lawmakers and the private sector around a common shared goal like fighting climate change.  Keep at us – it’s important to believe we can do big and bold things.”

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