Delaware saw two additional deaths from coronavirus complications and a surge in hospital admissions, according to Delaware Division of Public Health data from Saturday night.
Those who died were from New Castle and Sussex County respectively and ranged in age from their 50s to their 70s and both had underlying health conditions. Their deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 897.
A total of 572 new positive cases were reported on Saturday. At the low point of the Covid-19 pandemic, positive cases moved into the 100 range.
and 8.9% of total tests were positive in the 7-day rolling average (down seven-tenths of a percent from the previous day).
Hospitalizations totaled 403, down 23 from the previous three-day period. A total of 64 individuals in critical condition up from 55 people a day earlier.Hospital admission rose to 40, up 15 from the previous day.
The hospitalization figure is well above the spring pandemic peak of more than 330 and came after Halloween and Thanksgiving get-togethers. Cases coming out of December holiday gatherings are not expected to show up until January.
The percentage of people testing positive was 22.2 under a seven-day rolling average, up two-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
The percentage of positive tests to total tests was 8.9 percent under a seven-day rolling average, down seventh-tenths of a percent from the previous day. The positive test to total test percentage takes into account people who have taken more than one test.
Below is an interactive dashboard of Covid-19 cases in the state from the Division of Public Health. 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.