In its Thursday report, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported four new deaths related to Covid-19 – all from Sussex County. Ages ranged from the 60s to 90s.
All had underlying health conditions.Two individuals were residents of long-term care facilities. Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths stands at 716.
The number of new cases rose to more than 200, double the 100 or fewer cases reported during much of the summer.
In a related development, the University of Delaware reported 75 positive tests as of Thursday the second-highest weekly figure since the fall session started. UD will make another report on Friday.
The figures are based on information gathered on Wednesday night.
Of those tested, 9.8 percent were positive in the seven-day rolling average (up three-tenths of a percent from the previous day). This is up sharply from the figures below five percent in the summer.
A total of 3.6 percent of all tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (down one-tenth of a percent from the previous day).
The percent of total tests accounts for individuals who have been tested more than once.
Hospitalizations totaled 113, down one from the previous day), including 28 in critical condition. The number of people in the hospital had been in the 50-person range during much of the summer.
Sussex has been the scene of an increasing number of hospitalizations for Covid-19.