By CBS3 Staff

NEW CASTLE, Del. (CBS) — Health officials announced Wednesday there are now 26 confirmed coronavirus cases in Delaware. Health officials provided an update on the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state.

The patients range in age from 18 to 80. Three are hospitalized and one is in critical condition.

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“Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we all take the steps that are needed to take care of our own personal health, as well as help and protect all of those around us,” Delaware Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said. “Most importantly, if you are sick, especially with fever, cough, or shortness of breath, do not leave your home. And whether you think that you have been exposed to someone with coronavirus or not, it is critically important that you stay home. Do not go out and expose yourself to others, particularly the most vulnerable of us, the older Delawareans and those with chronic health conditions.”

Delaware is under a state of emergency and all schools in the state are closed. Gov. John Carney extended the declaration on Wednesday to include the closure of gyms, movie theaters, spas and bowling alleys.

Carney is also allowing any restaurant or bar with a valid on-premise license to sell alcohol with takeout and drive-thru service. Alcohol, however, can not be sold as part of a delivery order, officials say.

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Dr. Rattay is encouraging those who are healthy to get some fresh air by going for a walk but make sure you are staying at least six feet away from other people. And most importantly, she says if you are ill, “Please don’t leave your house.”

“Going for a walk at a time like this is a really positive thing to do for our mental and physical health, we just gotta make sure we social distance,” Dr. Rattay said.

Officials are also reminding people to check on their neighbors, especially those who may not be able to leave their homes to get essential items.

“I think this is a time where we have to be a community that cares for the most vulnerable,” Dr. Kara Odom Walker said. “So if you can check on your neighbors, make sure that you’re making phone calls and you’re trying to see who may really need help getting their medications or getting to a place that’s difficult for them. I think that will be really important.”

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