Hospitals see uptick in seriously ill coronavirus cases

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The number of patients in Delaware hospitalized with coronavirus dropped on Thursday from 61 to 57, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported.The number is well off the peak of 330 reported in the spring.

The rate of positive cases stood at 6.6 percent, above the benchmark of 5 percent minimal spread.

One additional death was reported in the Wednesday report, bringing the total to 630.

Gov. John Carney reported at his weekly press briefing on Tuesday that hospital officials are concerned about seeing an uptick in seriously ill patients with the virus.

Carney said patients, who have been reluctant to go to the hospital, should not hesitate to get treatment.

State officials are concerned that the state’s hospitals could be overwhelmed this winter with a combination of Covid-19 and flu cases. In some years, hospitals near capacity during flu outbreaks.

Delawareans are strongly advised to get flu shots. While flu shots offer no protection against Covid-19, hospitals do not want to see a surge in cases of another virus that kills thousands each year.

During the peak of the pandemic, first responders were called to homes where people were seriously ill with Covid-19 symptoms, with family members not reporting their status.

In some cases, exposure to people with the virus led to volunteer firefighters, paramedics, and even police undergoing a two-week quarantine.

For further information, check out the dashboard below from the State of Delaware or for a deeper dive into breakdownsby age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level log on to:https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

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