June 2, 2020 Covid Information Update

Date Posted: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
Delaware House of Representatives 
– A public service provided by the House Republican Caucus –
Issue 458 – June 2, 2020
In This Issue
COVID-19 Daily Stats: Hospitalizations Continue Dropping
VIDEO: Businesses Get Some Help as They Begin Reopening
VIDEO: COVID-19 Press Briefing JUNE 2, 2020

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Hospitalizations Drop Again
5 Additional Deaths
80 New Confirmed Cases
89 Additional Recovered Cases*
State health officials today announced 5 additional deaths* related to COVID-19, bringing Delaware’s cumulative total to 373.
The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 65 to 80.  All five individuals had underlying health conditions. Two of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. 
There are currently 157 people hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19, less than half of the peak of 337 recorded on April 27.   Twenty-eight (28) of the hospitalized are critically ill.
Of the 373 total deaths linked to COVID-19 in Delaware:
  • 334 (89.5%) had underlying health issues.
  • 238 of the fatalities (63.8%) resided in long-term care facilities.
  • 298 (79.9%) were over the age of 64.
Since March 11, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has recorded 9,685 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19.  Of that total, 3,883 were in New Castle County, 1,450 were in Kent County, and 4,299 were in Sussex County.  In 53 cases, the county of origin is unknown.
The DPH reports the death rate for COVID-19 in Delaware is currently 3.9 per 10,000 people.
Five-thousand, four-hundred, forty two (5,442) Delawareans known to have had the virus have recovered (at least seven days without symptoms).  The DPH reports the recovery rate for COVID-19 in Delaware is currently 57.3 per 10,000 people.
To see more statistical information on Delaware’s COVID-19 cases go to: “My Healthy Community.”
For the latest information on the state’s COVID-19 response, go to: de.gov/coronavirus.
* DPH has shifted its reporting of case data. The information reported in the agency’s daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

Businesses Get Some Help as 
They Begin Reopening
As the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions were eased on Monday, small businesses in Milford and elsewhere are reopening their doors and hoping to welcome back customers.
Even with the first phase of the economic recovery underway, Trish Gerken, the executive director of Downtown Milford Inc. (DMI), said local entrepreneurs still face significant challenges as they attempt to return to profitability. 
One initial hurdle will be winning back the trust of consumers.  A recent Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research survey of more than a thousand Americans found that only 64% were comfortable shopping in-person for non-essential items.
To help reassure potential customers, DMI is distributing dozens of kits to local businesses.  The kits include cleaning solution, sanitizer, gloves, protective face coverings, and signage.  Dogfish Head, First State Manufacturing, and the University of Delaware were among the organizations donating materials for the kits.  The City of Milford and State Rep. Bryan Shupe also contributed to the effort.
“It’s very important that this reopening happens quickly, with public health at the forefront, and that we make sure the reopening phases go well,” said Rep. Shupe, whose family operates several small businesses.  Rep. Shupe said more than 80,000 people have filed for unemployment benefits since the governor shutdown hundreds of non-essential businesses in late March to curtail the spread of COVID-19.  He said the kits are one positive step that will help restore local jobs and increase the vitality of local economies.

COVID-19 Press Briefing
JUNE 2, 2020 — Governor John Carney held a press briefing this afternoon in the auditorium of the Carvel State Office Building to answer questions about Delaware’s COVID-19 response.
The governor was joined by Delaware Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay and Delaware Emergency Management Agency Director A.J. Schall.
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Delaware State House of Representatives, House Republican Caucus, Legislative Hall – H-23, P.O. Box 1401, Dover, DE 19901