Covid-19-related deaths rise to 613 as rate of positive tests jumps to 5.3%

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The number of deaths from coronavirus in Delaware rose by four in the Thursday report.

An upgrade of the Delaware Division of Public Health dashboard led to no daily report on Wednesday.

The number of new positive tests was 94 as of Tuesday and 65 on Wednesday.

During the two-day period there were four new deaths – one in Tuesday’s report and three on Wednesday. The deaths involved a man and a woman from New Castle County, a woman from Kent County and a man from Sussex County. All four had underlying health conditions; none were residents of a long-term care facility, and their ages ranged from the 40s to 90s.

• 94 new cases reported Wednesday and 65 new positive cases reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 18,466. The cumulative breakdown by county: New Castle, 8,805 cases; Kent, 2,744 cases; Sussex, 6,456; county not yet known, 461.
• 5.3% who tested positive as reported for Wednesday and 4.9% who tested positive for Tuesday in the 7-day rolling average (up eight-tenths of a percent from Monday’s report).

The closely watched seven-day rolling average of positive cases rose to 5.3 percent, from 4.5 percent on Monday, according to state figures. The rate has been hovering at under the 5 percent figure, denotes a moderate spread of the virus.

The widely viewed Johns Hopkins University dashboard reported a 5.6 percent positive rate for Delaware, near the national rate. Delaware plans to add the Hopkins figure as a way to compare rates among states.

The Johns Hopkins index showed Maryland was at 6.1, with Pennsylvania at 7.2. New Jersey’s rate is now down to 1.3 percent. Maryland, despite being the home of Johns Hopkins, uses a different metric that shows a lower rate of positive cases.

The Hopkins index divides the positive cases by the number of people who get tested, a method they say rules out duplicates, according to a recent story from public radio station WAMU.

A breakdown of cases is available on the My Healthy Community data portal.

Also available below is the Division of Public Health’s dashboard below.

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