Last updated March 29 at 1:59 pm ET
Delaware now has 232 cases of COVID-19, most of them in New Castle County, according to the Delaware Health and Social Services. This makes it one of the states with the fewest US coronavirus cases. Six people have died from COVID-19 in the state.
Delaware Governor John Carney has ordered residents to stay at home and closed nonessential businesses starting on March 24.
Governor Carney also ordered all of its beached to close starting at 5 pm ET on March 21 to help contain the spread of the virus.
“Because of the nature of this disease, we know that we are going to continue to see an increased number of cases in Delaware,” Dr. Karyl Rattay, the director of the Delaware Division of Public Health said in a March 16 statement from the Delaware Division of Public Health. “With the amount of test samples that health care systems and providers across the state are submitting to the Delaware Public Health Lab and to commercial labs, the numbers of patients being tested have increased significantly.”
Some of the cases were previously linked to the University of Delaware, according to a March 15 statement from the University. The University of Delaware has extended its spring break to last for two weeks from March 14 to March 29 and afterwards, classes will be held online until the end of the semester.
Case count by county:
- New Castle: 141
- Kent: 25
- Sussex: 66