Covid-19 hospitalizations, rate of positive tests up again after a brief decline

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Hospitalizations related to Covid-19 rose again, according to the latest figures from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported 110 current hospitalizations (up 11 from the previous day), including 25 in critical condition.

6.7 percent of people tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (up seven-tenths of a percent from the previous day) and 3.1 percent of total tests were positive in the weekly rolling average (up two-tenths of a percent from the previous day).

The division reported 138 new positive cases. That was up sharply from the previous day when fewer than 50 cases were reported. The division cautioned that the figures were based on a low rate of testing.

No new deaths reported today. Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths stands at 670.

The information for the latest figures was gathered Wednesday night.

At the weekly coronavirus press briefing, Gov. John Carney and Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay reported that hospitalizations had been more numerous in Sussex County, especially at the Beebe Healthcare campus in Lewes.

Beebe recently tightened visitation requirements at the Lewes campus in response to the growing number of cases.

Sussex had two major outbreaks, one in the poultry plant community and another among hospitality and other workers following senior week activities in late spring.

Delaware continues to have community spread that can come if people do not wear masks or take other precautions, especially when it comes to get-togethers, Carney and Rattay stated.

Rattay said no big outbreaks have been reported but said that in Sussex and elsewhere in the state, cases have been occurring at house parties, that are often attended by unrelated people as well as family members.

In one encouraging development, the rate of positive tests has been flattening in the Newark area, due to fewer new positive tests among University of Delaware students.

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