Coronavirus (COVID-19) Data Dashboard

Sussex County

A resource of COVID-19 data and facts for Delaware families and communities.

Contact Tracing

Contact Tracing Statistics

In contact tracing, public health staff work with an individual who has a positive test for COVID-19 to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. Read more about Delaware's contact tracing plan

June 27 - October 26
Represents all data since the launch of the current contact tracing system. Earlier cases were investigated and contact traced using a different system.

Total contacts named

28,044

Contacts reached

15,880
57% of total contacts named

Avg. contacts per case

3.0

Cases with known exposure to another case

3,948
28% of total positive cases

Total positive cases

Reported June 27 - October 26.

14,121

926

7% of total positive cases

Cases not eligible for interview

  • Incarcerated cases: 377
  • Hospitalized cases: 200
  • Long-term care cases: 349

Cases eligible for interview

No attempt is made to interview incarcerated persons, hospitalized persons, and long-term care residents because these individuals are monitored by the institutions responsible for their care.

13,195

93% of total positive cases

1,146

9% of cases eligible for interview

Cases without a validated phone number

Phone numbers that are originally provided may not always be correct or current and are therefore evaluated for validity.

Only valid phone numbers (work, home, cell, etc.) are counted on this dashboard. New efforts to obtain and validate phone numbers are being explored.

Cases with a valid phone number

12,049

91% of cases eligible for interview

1,042

8% of cases eligible for interview

Cases not reached

Not all those eligible for interview are reached.

Reasons why people aren't reached right away:
  • Person is unavailable or busy
  • Interviewer gets no answer, voice mail, or busy signal
  • Interviewer is told they have the wrong number, is disconnected, or gets fast busy signal
  • Person is determined to be hospitalized or incapacitated
  • Person fails to verify their identity on the phone
Reasons why people aren't able to be reached at all:
  • Person is determined to be deceased

Cases reached

Includes cases that could not be reached by phone that were reached by field teams.

Cases reached within 24 hours:
8391 or 69%

12,153

92% of cases eligible for interview

2,918

24% of cases reached

Cases who did not complete interview

Not all those who are reached are interviewed immediately.

Reasons for a delayed interview:
  • Person is hard of hearing, will be interviewed by an ESL interpreter in person
  • Person has a language barrier, will be interviewed by the appropriate interpreter
  • Person was busy, made an appointment for a later time
Reasons for no interview:
  • Person did not consent to being interviewed
  • Person refused to speak with interviewer
  • Person told interviewer they never tested positive

Cases who completed interview

9,235

76% of cases reached

2,024

22% of cases who completed interview

Cases who named no contacts

Cases who named at least one contact

7,211

78% of cases who completed interview

Total contacts named

28,044

12,213

44% of total contacts named

Contacts without a valid phone number

Phone numbers that are originally provided may not always be correct or current and are therefore evaluated for validity. Only valid phone numbers (work, home, cell, etc.) are counted on this dashboard. New efforts to obtain and validate phone numbers are being explored.

Contacts with a valid phone number

15,831

56% of total contacts named

12,164

43% of total contacts named

Contacts not reached

Not all those eligible for interview are reached.

Reasons why people aren't reached right away:
  • Person is unavailable or busy
  • Interviewer gets no answer, voice mail, or busy signal
  • Interviewer is told they have the wrong number, is disconnected, or gets fast busy signal
  • Person is determined to be hospitalized or incapacitated
  • Person fails to verify their identity on the phone
Reasons why people aren't able to be reached at all:
  • Person is determined to be deceased

Contacts reached

Includes contacts that could not be reached by phone that were reached by field teams.

15,880

57% of total contacts named

4,173

26% of contacts reached

Contacts who did not complete interview

Not all those who are reached are interviewed immediately.

Reasons for a delayed interview:
  • Person is hard of hearing, will be interviewed by an ESL interpreter in person
  • Person has a language barrier, will be interviewed by the appropriate interpreter
  • Person was busy, made an appointment for a later time
Reasons for no interview:
  • Person did not consent to being interviewed
  • Person refused to speak with interviewer

Contacts who completed interview

11,707

74% of contacts reached

8,631

74% of contacts who completed interview

Contacts not known to be tested or tested negative

Contacts are encouraged but not required to get tested.

Contacts known to be tested and tested negative:
660 or 6%

Contacts not known to be tested:
7971 or 68%

Contacts known to be tested and tested positive

Contacts are asked by the interviewer if they have been tested for COVID.

3,076

26% of contacts who completed interview

Help us trace the virus: Answer the call

Additional ways you can help:

  • Provide a valid, up-to-date phone number when you get tested, so we have the best contact information to reach you.
  • Ensure your doctor has your current phone number on file if you get tested by your primary care provider.
  • If you test positive, start thinking about the people you have had close contact with recently.
  • If you get a call from (302) 446-4262, or your caller ID says DE PUBLICHEALTH, that’s a representative from the Delaware Contact Tracing Program calling to give you important information about your health. Please answer the call and take the time to speak with our contact tracers.

Mitigation Strategies Timeline

To learn more about what you can do to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, go to Delaware's coronavirus response website

Mitigation Status From Until Details
Additional interim steps to expand personal care services to 60% of fire code occupancy Jun 22 Further Notice Announcement
Youth and adult recreational sports tournaments may resume – subject to the prior approval of a tournament-specific safety plan by the Division of Public Health (DPH) and following other guidelines Jun 20 Further Notice Announcement
Phase 2 of Delaware's Economic Reopening plan in effect Jun 15 Further Notice Announcement
Industries at 30% fire code occupancy can increase capacity to 60% of fire code occupancy unless otherwise noted; other restrictions apply Jun 15 Further Notice Announcement
Houses of worship encouraged to hold virtual services; 60% occupancy allowed Jun 15 Further Notice Announcement
Vulnerable individuals should shelter in place Jun 01 Further Notice Announcement
Employers are encouraged to continue to have staff work from home whenever possible Jun 01 Further Notice Announcement
Phase 1 of Delaware's Economic Reopening plan in effect Jun 01 Jun 14 Announcement
Select industries to open and limit capacity to 30% of fire code occupancy; other restrictions apply Jun 01 Jun 14 Announcement
Beaches, community pools to reopen with restrictions May 22 Further Notice Announcement
Local govts. may impose greater restrictions, as permitted by law May 22 Further Notice Announcement
Statewide contact tracing plan May 12 Further Notice Announcement
Significant expansion of statewide testing program May 08 Further Notice Announcement
Face covering required in public settings Apr 28 Further Notice Announcement
Schools closed through academic year; offer remote learning Apr 24 Further Notice Announcement
Individuals who enter Delaware from another state must self-quarantine for 14 days, with exceptions Mar 29 Jun 01 Announcement
Stay-at-Home order; Non-essential businesses closed Mar 22 Jun 01 Announcement
State of Emergency in effect Mar 12 Further Notice Announcement