Published in: Cape Gazette
Ten healthcare workers have been tested with Delaware’s recent shipment of rapid COVID-19 tests as the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 673 on April 5.
The results of the first 10 tests were negative, and the Division of Public Health advised those who were tested they could return to their life-saving jobs, while continuing to follow precautionary measures, such as continued self-monitoring for symptoms and wearing a mask, said Andrea Wojcik, spokeswoman for DPH. These individuals had all come into contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, but were asymptomatic, she said.
On April 4, the DPH lab received a shipment of 5,000 rapid test kits from Pinnacle BioLabs, a Nashville-based company, which will provide results in 5-15 minutes by using blood drawn by a finger stick instead of collecting a nasal swab to obtain a result, Wojcik said. The rapid tests will be used primarily to test healthcare workers, first responders, and residents of long-term care facilities where outbreaks are suspected, she said.
No new fatalities were announced April 5 but there were 80 more people who tested positive for COVID-19, including six new hospitalizations, Wojcik said.