Rate of positive Covid-19 cases stays at 4.6% with hospitalizations down sharply

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The Monday coronavirus summary from the Delaware Division of Public Health showed a further decline in hospitalizations as the percentage of tests to positive cases remained at 4.6

A total of 108 positive cases were reported as of 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The number of deaths from virus complications remained at 585, unchanged since late July.

“We’re in this middle ground,” Gov. John Carney stated last week regarding the Covid-19 metrics.

Carney said he would like to see the percentage of positive cases drop into the three percent range to ensure a safer reopening of schools.

Delaware is faring better than neighboring Maryland with a test-to-positive rate of 6.1 percent with Pennsylvania at 5.7. New Jersey’s rate remains at 1.5 percent. Figures are from the widely followed Johns Hopkins University dashboard. The national rate is about 8 percent

See the interactive dashboard at the bottom of this post for information via zip code and county.

Sunday summary

The Sunday coronavirus summary from the Delaware Division of Public Health showed the closely watched rate of tests to positive cases inching upward to 4.6 percent, based on a seven-day rolling average.

A total of 91 new positive cases were reported. Public Health hed earlier reported that 20 positive cases would be added in over the weekend, due to late lab reports. In a small state like Delaware, a small gain in positive cases can boost the test-to-positive case rate.

Hospitalizations continued to fall with 43 patients, down two from the previous day, with eight people in critical condition, down from 18 the previous day.

No additional deaths were reported.

Saturday report

In its Saturday coronavirus report, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported that the percentage of positive cases rose to 4.5. The figure is based on a multi-day rolling average.

Information is current as of 6 p.m. on Friday.

The closely watched metric had been at 4.3 percent. The number of new cases of Covid-19 was 88

The number of hospitalizations remained low at 45. No new deaths were reported. However, the number of people in critical condition from Covid-19 complications rose from 11 to 18.

Friday report

In its Friday report, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported the closely watched rate of new cases remained steady at 4.3 percent.

The number of deaths rose by four from the previous day to 585.

The positive case rate is based on a seven-day rolling average.

The number of hospitalizations fell sharply from 69 to 46.

A total of 103 people tested positive. That figure has remained relatively steady in the past week.

The most recent deaths were two individuals from New Castle County and two from Kent County. Two individuals had underlying health conditions; none was a resident of a long-term care facility. All four were between the ages of 70 and 87.

For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county and, in some cases, at the ZIP code or census tract level log on to:
https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

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