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Delaware's coronavirus toll hits 10 deaths, 319 confirmed cases

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Three more Delawareans have died from complications related to COVID-19, bringing the state's death toll up to 10.

The latest deaths are all New Castle County residents, an 87-year-old woman, an 89-year-old man and a 94-year-old woman. They all had "significant underlying health conditions," according to Jennifer Brestel, a spokeswoman for the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Of the 10 deaths in Delaware, half are related to nursing homes, including three deaths at Little Sisters of the Poor on Salem Church Road near Newark.

As of Tuesday evening, Delaware has 319 confirmed coronavirus cases, an increase of 55 since Monday.

Of the patients, 197 are from New Castle County, 34 are from Kent County, and 88 are from Sussex County.

Fifty-seven are hospitalized, and 14 are critically ill. Twenty-two have fully recovered.

The patients range in age from 1 to 95 and include 152 men and 167 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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