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Delaware's number of confirmed coronavirus cases surpasses 100

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Delaware has surpassed 100 confirmed coronavirus cases, state officials announced Tuesday.

The count now stands at 104, an increase of 17 from Monday.

Of the patients, 71 are from New Castle County, 10 are from Kent County, and 23 are from Sussex County.

Eleven are hospitalized, and five are critically ill.

The patients range in age from 1 to 90 and include 51 men and 53 women.

The source of exposure for many of these positive cases is unknown, which indicates community spread of the virus is occurring in the state, officials said.

Symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, are most similar to lower respiratory infections with patients having fever, cough, and shortness of breath. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection at this time. While in some cases illnesses can be severe and require hospitalization, many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain, and fever-reducing medications.

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