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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 5/15

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Stay in-the-know with a collection of COVID-19 related news briefs from across our communities. 

May 15

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers for Friday, May 15

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 150 new positive cases have been confirmed and that 9 more Delawareans — 269 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 15, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 7,373 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 2,619 of them in New Castle County, 1,146 in Kent County and 3,565 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 30,905 negative cases.

There are 269 Delawareans who are currently hospitalized. To date, 3,210 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.

Ma-Ran Foundation donates $1 Million to Beebe’s COVID-19 Fund

Beebe Healthcare has received a $1 million gift to its COVID-19 Relief Fund from the Ma-Ran Foundation.

“It is with great joy that I share the very good news of this gift from Ma-Ran Foundation, through the generosity of Peggy and Randall Rollins, for their contribution to help Beebe Healthcare fight the COVID-19 pandemic here in Sussex County,” said Tom Protack, President of Beebe Medical Foundation. “Their generous gift will certainly bring relief to Beebe during this time of crisis, worry and uncertainty, as we have quickly had to face many new challenges and new expenses with fighting this pandemic. I am so grateful to Peggy and Randall Rollins and their family, for their strong and loyal commitment to Beebe Healthcare. Their gift will help us save lives in our time of need.”

The Beebe Medical Foundation established the COVID-19 Relief Fund as a direct way for donors to make an impact. All the funds raised are being transferred to Beebe Healthcare on a regular basis for the additional medical supplies, staffing and personal protective equipment and technology needed to fight the pandemic.

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to close Great Stuff Savvy and Home Resale Shops

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announced yesterday Thursday, May 14, that due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic they will be closing their retail stores this summer.

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. 

  • Tuesday, May 19 – Sussex YMCA
  • Thursday, May 21 – Middletown YMCA

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