Number of Delawareans testing positive for COVID-19 hits 11,000 as hospitalizations decline

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The number of people hospitalized with coronavirus fell to 78 from 93, according to Thursday night figures from the Delaware Division of Public Health. No deaths were reported in the 24-hour period.

The state hit the 11,000-plus mark in positive tests, but saw a daily gain of 78 on those testing positive.

The number of persons tested now stands at 102,000, more than 10 percent of the state’s population.

The number of positive cases will be closely watched over the weekend as results come in from tests in coastal Delaware.

Gov. John Carney delayed an announcement on the third phase of the state’s reopening after a small outbreak of cases was tied to a senior week at the beach.

While the total cumulative number of positive cases has increased by 37 between yesterday and today, the difference between the cumulative total increase and the increase in new cases is due a data quality review during the transition to a new data surveillance system, which identified duplicate records in the data system. Removing duplicate records results in changes to the overall cumulative statistics. According to data entered as of 6 p.m., Thursday, 78 new positive cases were reported to DPH on June 25.

In addition, as the Division of Public Health works to roll out Delaware’s new contact tracing program, DPH will transition to a different data surveillance system. The DPH epidemiology team and NORC at the University of Chicago have been working to test the system and ensure all case information is captured during the transition as well as ensuring consistent data flow to the My Health Community portal. While DPH is working to minimize any interruptions over the next few days, data updates may not be available on Saturday, June 27. A link to the data dashboard is at the bottom of this post.

Meanwhile, a spike in cases in Texas and Florida led to orders to close bars. Barhopping has been linked to the spread of the disease in the two states where mask-wearing has been optional.

Update: June 24

Delaware continues to see a small increase in hospitalizations, according to the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) report from the Delaware Division of Health.

After dropping into the 70s, the number of those hospitalized with the virus has risen to 93. The number of those critically ill is 18.

The number of Delawareans dying from complications from COVID-19 rose by two to 507 with more than 60 percent of that number comprised of long-term care residents.

The number of people testing positive is nearing 11,000 as batches of test results are recorded.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 36 to 63. One individual was female and one was male. Both individuals were residents of New Castle County and had underlying health conditions.

More than 10 percent of the state’s population has been tested for COVID-19 with recent results showing an infection rate running below 5 percent of those testing.

(See the interactive dashboard below from the Divison of Health for further information).

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