More than five percent of Delaware residents have tested positive for coronavirus since the pandemic’s onset.
Figures, as of Sunday night, from the Delaware Division of Public Health, showed more than 51,000 cases in a state with an estimated population of about 975,000.
About 1,900 of the more than 50,000 individuals were presumed to be Covid-19 positive under epidemiology standards but did not undergo testing. Testing was not always available during the early stages of the pandemic.
The state is now seeing an average of 700 to 800 positive tests each day, several times the 100 or so reported in the summer.
The percentage of positive tests to total tests remains above nine percent. The positive test to total test figure takes into account people who have been tested more than once. Of people taking the test for the first time, about 22 percent are positive.
Both test indicators show the virus is widespread in the state.
Some critics blame stepped up testing for the higher rate. But epidemiologists say more testing would show lower percentages of cases of the virus if its spread was not accelerating.
The number of deaths rose to 871 up nine from a day earlier and an increase of more than 50 in the past week and a half.
Delaware’s death toll exceeds that of Taiwan – 763 deaths in a nation of 24 million and Norway, 404 deaths in a nation of five million.
Hospitalizations rose from 410 a day earlier from 419. The number of people in critical condition has been fairly steady and totaled 67 as of Sunday night.
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.