The news of the three additional cases comes less than 24 hours after a professor at the university was the state’s first presumptive positive case. Officials say the 50-year-old man is not severely ill and is now self-isolated at home.
Delaware’s Division of Public Health reports three more presumed cases of the new coronavirus disease, bringing the total statewide four.
The three most recent individuals to test positive for COVID-19 in the First State are all under the age of 30.
And like Delaware’s first reported case, these are associated with the University of Delaware.
The individuals are not severely ill and are currently self-isolated at home, according to the agency. The individuals were exposed to the same confirmed case of COVID-19 in another state as the first Delaware case.
DPH said state epidemiologists are working with the patients to identify any close contacts of these individuals who were possibly exposed. If other people are found to have possibly been exposed, state health officials will provide guidance to these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.
“We understand that news of additional cases is concerning to students, staff, and families in the University of Delaware community,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “However, DPH is working closely with the administration at the University of Delaware on their coronavirus disease response.”
DPH has issued the following guidance for the University of Delaware community:
- Close contacts of these individuals, whether or not they have symptoms of illness including fever, cough, or shortness of breath, may return home during University of Delaware’s spring break. These individuals may not use public transportation to get home. They will need to remain home for at least 14 days after last contact with positive cases.
- Individuals who did not have contact with these individuals can return home and go about their daily lives. They should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and contact their primary contact provider if symptoms appear.
Delaware has tested at least 41 people for COVID-19. Results for 23 came back negative and 14 are still pending.