Rate of positive Covid-19 cases rises from 4.6% to 6.8% in past week and a half.


The Delaware Division of Public Health reported that the rate of positive tests for coronavirus rose to 6.8 percent as of Sunday night.

That is well above the 4.5 percent range reported a week and a half ago and is above the national rate.

The number of new positive tests on Sunday night was 98 after rising sharply to 123 as of Saturday night.

The number of deaths rose by two as of Sunday night to 617. Both were elderly.

The rising rate of positive cases is expected to keep Delaware on the quarantine list for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The designation has led some residents of those states to cancel stays at beach-area hotels in Delaware.

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The designation recommends that travelers to or from the states should self-isolate upon arrival.

A 5 to 10 percent rate denotes a moderate spread of Covid-19.

The widely followed Johns Hopkinsdashboard showed the state with a 7.7 percent rate, well above the nearly five percent national rate and the posted state figure. The Hopkins index works to account for people who have been tested more than once in a short period.

The total number of individuals who have died from Covid-19 ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old.

Earlier on Friday, the state announced it will shift toward permanent Covid-19 testing sites, rather than pop-up drive-up locations. Tests will remain free of charge.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, and information on Delaware’s contact tracing efforts can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal at de.gov/healthycommunity.

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

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