Daily coronavirus case total hits 377 as hospitalizations continue to rise


According to the Thursday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health, the daily number of new daily coronavirus cases rose to 377 as the number of people hospitalized rose above 160.

The information was collected on Wednesday.

The 377 new positive cases brought the total to 30,153. The cumulative breakdown by county: New Castle, 16,490 cases; Kent, 4,225 cases; Sussex, 9,341; county not yet determined, 97.

The percentage of positive cases was 14.8 under a seven-day rolling average, up seven-tenths of a percent from the previous day.

A total of 6.5 percent of total tests were positive in the seven -day rolling average, up to one percent from the previous day. The percentage of positive tests to total tests considers people who have been tested more than once.

Hospitalizations rose to 165, up 12 from the previous day, including 30 in critical condition. Before the most recent surge, the number hospitalized had averaged around 50.

Delaware continues to have adequate hospital capacity, with more than 400 beds available.

Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths was unchanged at 742.

In recent days, the daily number of positive tests had risen as high as the low 400s. The state is also detecting new cases through stepped-up testing, with more than 100,000 tests now being administered monthly.Delaware had seen daily coronavirus cases in the range of 100 during the summer.

The surge in cases led Gov. John Carney to reduce restaurants’ capacity to 30 percent from 60 percent, effective Monday.

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

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