Rate of positive tests declines to 7.5%
Delaware will move to a coronavirus dashboard that comes with more of an emphasis on people getting multiple tests.
State Division of Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said the dashboard will move to a model that is more widely used by other states. The state will offer its current methodology as well as the new metric.
The widely used Johns Hopkins dashboard takes into account multiple tests and typically shows a lower percentage of positive cases.
Delaware has seen positive cases move from about 4.5 percent of total tests to about 8 percent as students returned to college and overall activity.
As of Wednesday, the percentage of positive cases on the state dashboard was 7.5 percent, down from 8.1 percent. The latest report is based on information from Tuesday. night. The Johns Hopkins figure was 7.8 percent.
The Tuesday Covid-19 summary reported one new death, a New Castle County resident in their 80s with underlying conditions and a resident of a long-term care facility. On Wednesday, Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths rose to 649, up three from a day earlier.
Also reported were 88 new positive cases, with7.5 percent testing positive in the seven-day rolling average, identical to the previous day. The rate of positive tests has declined in recent days, amid signs of a flattening in the number of cases among University of Delaware students.
A total of 89 current hospitalizations (up eight in recent days) were reported. Gov. John Carney said the hospitalizations (up from figures in the 50s in the summer) are an area of concern.
The state is moving into the flu season, a period when hospitalizations can strain capacity, even without Covid-19.
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