In its Wednesday report, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported three new deaths from coronavirus complications.
All three individuals were from New Castle County, had underlying health conditions, and all were in their 60s. The additional deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 649.
A total of 88 new positive cases were reported as the percentage of positive tests fell six-tenths of one percent from the previous day. The percentage of positive tests is based on a seven-day rolling average.
State officials have reported a decline in the number of positive tests among University of Delaware students.
One area of concern is the 89 current hospitalizations up two from the previous day, including 18 in critical condition. Hospitalizations have risen from 50 of late.
While space in hospitals is more than adequate, there is concern that the onset of flu season could strain capacity when combined with Covid-19.
In recent weeks, the percentage of positive tests has risen from 4.5 percent into the eight percent range.
For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level: https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state