Coronavirus Coverage

JERICHO, NEW YORK - MARCH 21: A close-up view of a swab used by medical workers tend to administer the coronavirus test at the drive-in center at ProHealth Care on March 21, 2020 in Jericho, New York. The facility offers COVID-19 testing as more than 200,000 people in at least 144 countries have been infected, with deaths in the U.S. surpassing 200. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Yesterday (April 5th 2020) the Delaware Division of Public Health put the first of 5,000 rapid coronavirus test kits to work for first responders and health care providers. The kits were delivered on Saturday. After the kits were validated by the state, DPH ran a trial drive-through testing site for 10 first responders and health care providers with medium to high risk exposures. These individuals, who are under quarantine but do not have symptoms, came in contact with confirmed cases in the course of their duties. The test results for all 10 of the first responders were negative, allowing them to return to work. Results are available in five minutes for positive test results and fifteen minutes for negative test results. Delaware is one of the first states to perform this type of testing for first responders and health care providers.

As of Sunday, there are 673 positive coronavirus cases. 101 people are currently hospitalized at 25 are critically ill. 14 people have died.