Fourteen deaths were reported in the Monday coronavirus update from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
Figures reflect information received on Sunday night.
The deaths came from a review of Vital Statistics records,mainly from November and December. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the review, since it is widely believed that deaths tied to the virus are underreported
based on activity at funeral homes and other factors.
Of the 14 who died, eight were from New Castle County, four were from Sussex County, and two were from Kent County.
They ranged in age from their 40s to their 90s; one individual did not have underlying health conditions; and six were residents of long-care facilities. Their deaths increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 986.
A total of 545 new positive cases were reported, bringing the overall total to 65,827.
The percentage of people turning positive was 25.8 in a seven-day rolling average (down one percentage point from the previous day) and 9.7 percent of total tests coming in positive in the seven-day rolling average, unchanged from the previous day.
Hospitalizations were down by one from the record set on Saturday of 472. Fifty-eight
individuals were in critical condition. The state saw 35 new hospital admissions, up two from the previous day.
So far, a lower number of flu-related hospitalizations, postponement of some elective procedures and moving some patients to assisted care have kept hospital occupancy at manageable levels, unlike areas such as southern California.
On Friday night, Beebe Healthcare reported a surge in admissions for Covid-19 and other illnesses led to a decision to ban emergency room visitors. Other hospitals have banned or sharply limited visitors.
The surge in coronavirus cases has again made its way into long-term care institutions. Long-term care residents account for more than half of the deaths from Covid-19.
Kent County, which once had a markedly lower rate of coronavirus cases, is catching up with the state’s other two counties.
Below is an interactive dashboard of Covid-19 cases in the state from the Division of Public Health. One feature allows a look back at previous weeks.
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 herefor the MyHealthyCommunity portal.