The Department of Health and Social Services announced Thursday evening the second coronavirus-related death of a Delaware resident -- the first in a long-term care facility.
The 86-year-old man was a resident of Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark. He had underlying medical conditions. This is the second coronavirus-related death of a Delaware resident. The first was 66-year-old man from Sussex County who died in a hospital in another state.
Six residents of the nursing home tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Division of Public Health. DHSS is working with the facility to ensure resident and staff safety.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of this individual’s death,” said DHSS Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a practicing family physician. “The population who lives in these facilities are at the greatest risk for COVID-19, based on their age and underlying health conditions. Unfortunately, this death and the confirmed cases at this facility underscore the need for all long-term care facilities in Delaware to follow strict screening protocols for anyone entering their facilities.”