In its weekly report, Delaware Division of Public Health reported the seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for coronavirus increased from 4.4 percent as of August 27, to 4.6 percent as of Sept. 3.
The division reported the state-operated Delaware Psychiatric Center, New Castle, had two patients and eight staff test positive for Covid-19.
The first person to test positive on Aug. 24 is now recovered. The clients are isolated at the center to decrease the spread of the virus and staff are isolated at home.
All clients, family members and staff have been notified. DPC has halted all reopening procedures and are not accepting any visitors or non-essential personnel.
A total of 606 Delawareans have died due to complications from Covid-19. The state reported two additional deaths since last week’s update.
The total number of individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 319 were female and 287 were male. A total of 301 individuals were from New Castle County, 110 were from Kent County, and 195 were from Sussex County.
The Division of Public Health’s epidemiology team performs data quality audits of the state’s Covid-19 case records. DPH recently identified a technical issue that caused approximately 175-200 historical positive cases to be omitted from the state’s cumulative positive case count.
All of these cases were processed through the state’s contact tracing program, however, they were not captured in the state’s statistical reporting on the COVID-19 data website. The technical issue identified has been resolved and should not impact future case totals.
As DPH works to add these cases to the state’s tallies, the public may notice an increase in the cumulative number of positive cases displayed on the My Healthy Community data portal over the weekend and early next week.
Also available below is the Division of Public Health’s dashboard below.