17 additional deaths in latest Delaware weekly Covid-19 report

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The weekly report from the Delaware Division of Public Health shows a continued surge in the number of coronavirus cases in Delaware.

The percentage of those testing positive declined slightly, with 17 additional deaths reported. The information is current as of 6 p.m. on Thursday.

The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated, with the seven-day average increasing to 472.9 as of Thursday, Nov. 26.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for Covid-19 decreased from 15.1 percent as of Nov. 19 to 13.7 percent as of Thursday, Nov. 26.

On Tuesday, Nov. 24, the seven-day average for the positive test percentage was 5.8 percent, the same as a week earlier.

There is a two-day lag for presenting data related to the percent of positive tests to account for the time delay between the date of the test and the date that DPH receives the test result. The metric takes into account people who tested more than once.

A total of 187 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, an increase of 17 from the total as of last Friday’s update. Thirty-one of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up to five from last week.

Hospitalizations are a lagging indicator of an upturn in cases. 

A total of 763 Delawareans have died due to complications from Covid-19. The state reported 17 additional deaths since last week’s update, including four due to a review of Vital Statistics records.

The total number of individuals who have died from  Covid-19 complications ranges from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 393 were female, and 370 were male. A total of 376 individuals were from New Castle County, 128 were from Kent County, and 259 were from Sussex County.

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