Covid weekly update/dashboard: 34 deaths reported; hospital stays decline from record

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Delaware continues to see a growing number of hospitalizations and deaths from coronavirus, according to the weekly report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

The figures below were compiled at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

A total of 53,015 positive cases of Covid-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11. The number of new daily cases this week has remained elevated with a seven-day average of 613.7 as of Wednesday, Dec. 23. The 53,015 is equivalent to 5.4 percent of the state’s population.

That figure is down from the 900 to 1,000 daily figures that appeared after the Thanksgiving holiday.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, Dec. 23 was 22.4 percent, which was the same percentage as of Wednesday, Dec. 16.

DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its COVID-19 data portal.

As of Monday, Dec. 21, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that came out positive was 9.6 percent, a slight increase from 9.5 percent as of Monday, Dec. 14.

The metric takes into account people who have been tested more than once, with a delay in results.

Hospitalizations did appear to be plateau for now, but could see a surge after the holidays.

A total of 426 individuals are currently hospitalized due to Covid-19 in Delaware, an increase of 19 from last Friday’s update.

Current hospitalization totals rose to 454 earlier this week before declining again toward the end of the week. Sixty of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down eight from last week. However, a sizable number of deaths probably contributed to the lower figures. (See below)

A total of 888 Delawareans have died due to complications from Covid-19. The state reported 34 additional deaths since last week’s update, including four as a result of a review of Vital Statistics records. Sixteen of those deaths were recorded on Wednesday.

The total number of individuals who have died from Covid-19 complications ranges in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who died, 453 were female and 435 were male. A total of 441 individuals were from New Castle County, 158 were from Kent County, and 289 were from Sussex County.

Vaccine update

As of 8 a.m., Thursday morning, Dec. 24, Delaware has administered 6,569 doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

DPH has set up a Vaccine Call Center, which can now be reached at 1-833-643-1715. People who are deaf and hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211. Individuals can email their questions concerning the vaccine and for more information. The call center will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2021.

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.

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