COVID-19 STATISTICS UPDATE FOR June 23, 2020*:
Two New COVID-19 Deaths Reported Today,
but Health Officials Discover 67 Additional Fatalities
Officials with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) today announced two additional COVID-19 related fatalities.
The DPH also announced that after completing a review of death certificate records, state epidemiologists have identified 67 additional COVID-19 deaths dating back to April 2020. According to the DPH, the fatalities were not previously reported to the division, but should have been classified as confirmed or probable deaths, as per federal protocols.
Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said earlier today that the purpose of the review was to ensure that her agency was accurately capturing COVID-19 related deaths.
This review identified the following:
- 32 individuals who were already identified as confirmed COVID-19 cases, but for which the DPH did not receive a subsequent report of death;
- 26 individuals who did not have a record of having been tested for COVID-19, and 9 individuals who had previously tested negative, but for which the deceased person’s death certificate subsequently listed COVID-19 or SARS CoV-2 as a significant factor.
According to the DPH, approximately 75 percent of the newly detected cases reportedly died at a long-term care facility.
With two deaths announced today added to the 67 discovered fatalities, 504 Delawareans have passed away due to complications associated with COVID-19. Of the 504 victims, 415 (82.3 percent) have been 65 years of age or older. Another high-risk factor for suffering severe complications from COVID-19 is the presence of a preexisting health condition, which has been observed in about 90 percent of the deaths.
After hitting a recent low of 75 hospitalizations late last week, COVID-19 hospitalizations have climbed modestly over the last several days to 91, with 15 of those patients listed as critically ill. However, that figure is less than a third of the high-water hospitalization mark of 337 recorded on April 27 (see chart above).
Since March 11, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has recorded 10,847 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of that total, 4,697 were in New Castle County, 1,624 were in Kent County, and 4,509 were in Sussex County. In 17 cases, the county of origin is unknown.
Six-thousand, five hundred, fifty four (6,554) Delawareans known to have had the virus have recovered (at least seven days without symptoms).
* The information reported in the Division of Public Health’s daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.