Governor Carney says Delaware will move cautiously when it comes to reopening businesses. The good news is signs point to progress in “flattening the curve” of coronavirus, but it is still far too soon to declare victory. Carney said, a key to reopening stores and employers in the state will be a sharp expansion of testing. Any reopening will not be a “flick of the switch,” but will resemble a “dimmer light” driven by science and good data that can be provided through wider testing. Traffic on key Delaware routes is down by 70% during the stay at home order, which is helping to protect Delaware’s most vulnerable citizens. The hospitalization of positive COVID-19 patients remains at 15%, well below the 20% level that would overwhelm our hospitals. Back-up facilities are in the works in the event that a serious spike occurs. Delaware has an adequate supply of ventilators. Carney noted that a recent shipment from California will more than likely not be needed.
The latest numbers as of yesterday (April 14th 2020):
- 1,926 cumulative positive coronavirus cases
- 43 Deaths
- 217 hospitalizations
- 45 critically ill
- 319 recoveries