Covid Update: Hospitalizations down, positive tests up

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Delaware saw a sharp increase in coronavirus cases as of Friday night,according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s dashboard.

The number of people in the hospital, due to Covid-19 complications fell from 116 on Tuesday to 101 on Friday, according to the division’s dashboard. The number of those hospitalized in critical condition was 26.

Hospitalizations have been creeping upward as the state saw its rate of positive cases rise from 4.5 percent to the seven-percent range.

Two additional deaths were reported.

The most recent deaths came from individuals from New Castle County who were in their 70s and had underlying health conditions. One individual was a resident of a long-term care facility. The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 664.

The state saw 212 new positive cases as of Friday well above the 130-plus rate reported in recent days.

That boosted the percentage of people who tested positive in a seven-day average to 5.7 percent, up two-tenths of a percent from the previous.

When it came to total tests, the figure was2.6 percent, unchanged from a day earlier. The percentage of positve tests takes into account people taking multiple tests in areas such as teaching.

In a related development, Beebe Healthcare tightened visitation restrictions at its hospital in Lewes.

State Public Health Director, Dr. Karyl Rattay said on Tuesday that evidence points to house parties becoming spreading events for Covid-19 in Delaware.

Rattay said one party, especially those held indoors, can lead to cases spreading as those in attendance head back to schools and workplaces.

More detailed data by zip code is available at the My Healthy Community website.

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