DE health officials provide updates on individuals being tested for coronavirus


DOVER, Del. – On Thursday, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) provided an update on the number of individuals currently being tested for coronavirus disease 2019. In Delaware, health officials say DPH is currently monitoring 35 individuals. Officials say out of 44 people who have been tested for COVID-19, four have tested presumptive positive for the disease, 10 are under investigation awaiting test results, and 30 tests turned out negative.

Health officials say testing for coronavirus disease is not recommended for those who do not have any symptoms of illness. For people who do have symptoms of illness, including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, their primary care provider can collect specimens and send them to either the Delaware Public Health Lab or LabCorp for testing. They say medical providers should evaluate patients and rule out other causes of illness first before recommending testing for COVID-19. Health officials say while testing for the disease at the Public Health Lab requires DPH approval, providers do not need DPH approval to submit test samples to LabCorp.

With the addition of commercial lab testing now available, Delaware has enough capacity to accommodate its current testing needs. Providers can use flu kits to collect a nasal swab and include an additional oral swab for testing. Commercial labs are required to report testing and results to DPH. Those at elevated risk for developing the disease is based on exposure due to travel to a country with a Level 2 Travel Alert or higher in the last 14 days; contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, or older individuals (ages 65 and older) and those with chronic underlying health conditions. Those with questions regarding the coronavirus or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899.



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