Delaware officials warn of summertime spike: ‘This is not the time to let our guard down’

Gov. John Carney
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in Delaware have been on the rise lately.

The state announced at least 27 new cases, bringing the total since March to more than 10,800. Sixty-seven additional COVID-19 deaths were discovered, which date back to April.

Delaware Gov. John Carney is a little worried, but he isn’t calling this a trend. He just thinks people need to remember to keep their distance from others and wear masks, now that summer is here and we’re spending more time outside.

“This is not the time to let our guard down, not to be complacent,” he said. “In fact, it’s really a time to cash in all those investments in the health of our community so we can have a healthy economy.”

More people with the coronavirus have been hospitalized in recent days.

“We see a little bit of an uptick. We’re going to keep an eye on it,” Carney said. “Two or three days of data, a trend doesn’t create, but we’ll be watching it.”

Health officials want everyone in Delaware to get tested for the coronavirus — especially teenagers, who recently celebrated high school senior week at a couple of beaches. To date, at least seven students — four teens in one rental house, three teens in another — tested positive for the virus

“Young people are eager to get back outside and back to the beaches and inside to restaurants and the bars that might be connected to them, or beach houses and parties,” said Carney.

Officials expect the number of positive cases among this group of teens and other young people to climb.