Covid-19 surges with a record 649 daily cases, four new deaths and 170 in hospital


The Delaware Division of Public Health reported a one-day record of 649 new coronavirus cases and four additional deaths in its Friday report. The numbers are based on data from Thursday night.

All four individuals who died had underlying health conditions and were in their 60s to 80s. Three were residents of long-term care facilities. Their deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 746.

The 649 new positive cases brought the state total to 30,816. The state has ramped up testing to a level of more than 100,000 a month, equivalent to about 10 percent of the state’s population.

The cumulative breakdown by county – New Castle, 16,900 cases; Kent, 4,324 cases; Sussex, 9,493; county not yet determined, 99.

Of those tested, 14.8 percent were positive under a seven-day rolling average (unchanged from the previous day), and 5.9 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (down six-tenths of a percent from the previous day).

The percentage of the total tests metric takes into account people who have been tested more than once.

The 170 current hospitalizations rose by five from the previous days and included
26 in critical condition.

The state has more than 400 available hospital beds, although outbreaks in southern Delaware can strain capacity. Hospitals have restricted hospital visitations.

For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level, click here.

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