After Delaware on Friday reached the sad milestone of 1,002 deaths from coronavirus complications, another 14 residents succumbed to complications from the disease as of Friday night. As of Saturday night the death toll remained unchanged at 1,016.
The newest deaths came amid a few signs that the state may have seen the worst from the holiday surge in cases. At the same time, concern is growing about a new, faster-spreading strain of Covid-19. While the state is now testing for the new strain that came from the United Kingdom, no cases tied to the variant have been announced.
A total of 929 new positive cases were reported as of Saturday. In recent days, the average number of new cases has moved below the 700 mark, with occasional spikes, since lab results sometimes take days to process. The number of daily cases remains several times the low mark of 100 reported last summer.
Hospitalizations s also showed a downward trend at 450, down one from the previous day, with 57 in critical condition, up slightly from the previous day. While the number of people in the hospital is down from the peak earlier this week, the figure is still well above the spring peak of more than 330.
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