April 17, 9 a.m.
Direct Relief announced a donation from AstraZeneca of 3 million surgical masks for US healthcare workers, one of the largest single PPE donations in the US to date.
The surgical masks will be distributed to health facilities in areas with the most significant public health need. A portion of the masks will also be directed to the emergency management agencies in states where AstraZeneca has a significant employee presence.
“This generous and timely donation from AstraZeneca will make a substantial difference in keeping these vital workers safe and able to continue providing care for us all,” said Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe in a statement.
A portion of the distributed mask has come to Delaware, one of AstraZeneca’s home states. The masks were procured by AstraZeneca through its manufacturing relationships in China and are part of the company’s overall donation of 9 million masks to healthcare workers globally.
April 16, 7 p.m.
DPH provides COVID-19 update
The Delaware Division of Public Health DPH has announced six additional fatalities related to COVID-19.
Due to system processing delays, the positive case total may make it appear that Delaware is leveling out or seeing a decrease in the daily case count, however, that is not an accurate reflection of the situation in Delaware. A correction the form of a case surge in the coming days is expected
In total, 52 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19, with individuals ranging in age from 33 to 96 years old.
Cumulatively since March 11, there have been 2,075 total laboratory-confirmed cases. Of those there are 352 in Kent County, 1,003 in New Castle County and 698 in Sussex County. Due to a change is system processing there are currently 22 cases with no county designation. Currently, 209 Delawareans are hospitalized and 60 are considered critically ill.
Twenty-seven residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.