Rate of positive Covid-19 test declines to 6.7%; deaths up by 6 after review of records

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As of Sunday night, Delaware recorded a 6.7 percent rate of positive cases of coronavirus, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The number of deaths from Covid-19 complications stands at 627, up six after a review of death records, based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. (See dashboard below).

The deaths included two men from New Castle County, one man and one woman from Kent County, and two men from Sussex County. One individual from Sussex County had an underlying health condition and one individual from Kent County was a resident of a long-term care facility. The six people ranged in age from their 20s to their 80s.

Delaware has been seeing an uptick in the percentage of positive tests for Covid-19. However, hospitalizations have remained at a low figure.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive increased from 6 percent as of Sept. 10, to 7 percent as of Saturday. The rate had been in the 4.5 percent range earlier in the summer.

Public health officials continue to monitor an apparent uptick in new daily cases this week and will continue to monitor for any specific hotspots where elevated virus transmission may be occurring throughout the state. The focus has been on university communities.

On Friday, the University of Delaware stiffened penalties for students ticketed at parties and get-togethers.

Earlier this week, the stare launched COVID Alert DE – a mobile app available in the App Store or Google Play that will help Delaware fight community spread of Covid-19.

The free mobile app – available to anyone 18 or older who lives, works, or attends college in Delaware – uses Bluetooth technology from Google and Apple to securely and anonymously alert users who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. App users may receive an exposure notification if they were in close proximity with someone who later tested positive for Covid-19 and also has the app downloaded on their phone.

Close proximity is defined as within six feet for 15 minutes or more. The app uses Bluetooth technology to recognize when other phones nearby are running the application. The app does not track those with or without the virus.

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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