Rapid test kits

State health officials use one of the new rapid test kits, which use blood drawn by a finger stick instead of collecting a nasal swab.

After a large increase in coronavirus cases in Sussex County, the state's total now exceeds 4,000, officials said Sunday.

Health officials announced 458 new cases – 311 of them in Sussex – which is nearly double the previous record for a one-day increase.

Part of the reason for the large increase is an acceleration of testing in Sussex County, where officials are focused on addressing a spike of coronavirus cases in the Georgetown area, particularly among the Hispanic and Haitian communities and workers at poultry processing plants.

The southern county now for the first time has more cases than the much more populous New Castle County.

Of the 4,034 confirmed cases in Delaware, 1,599 are in New Castle County, 625 are in Kent County, and 1,801 are in Sussex County. There are also nine cases for which the county of residence is unknown.

Also on Sunday, the state reported eight additional deaths, bringing the total to 120.

The most recent deaths ranged in age from 52 to 87. Three were women and five were men. Three were New Castle County residents, four were Kent County residents, and one was a Sussex County resident. All of the most recent deaths involved individuals with underlying health conditions. Four were residents of long-term care facilities.

Since Delaware saw its first death March 24, the deceased have ranged in age from 32 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 62 were women and 58 were men. A total of 55 were from New Castle County, 22 were from Kent County, and 43 were from Sussex County. Seventy-four of the deaths involved residents from long-term care facilities.

Meanwhile, 102 more people have fully recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 911.

According to officials, 317 patients are hospitalized – the most since the outbreak began – and 61 are critically ill. 

More than 15,000 people have tested negative.

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