Covid dashboard: 51 weekly deaths as hospitalizations, positive tests decline

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The weekly report from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported 51 deaths over the past week from coronavirus complications as hospitalizations continued to decline.

The state reported 51 additional deaths since last week’s Thursday update. The total number of individuals who have died from Covid-19 ranges in age from younger than 5 to 104 years old.

Of those who have died, 550 were female and 528 were male. A total of 538 individuals were from New Castle County, 197 were from Kent County, and 343 were from Sussex County.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday was 22.1, a decrease from 23.9 percent as of Thursday, Jan. 21.

As of Tuesday, Jan. 26, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 7.5 percent, a decrease from 9 percent as of Tuesday, Jan. 19. There is a two-day lag for presenting data related to percent of tests that are positive to account for the time delay between the date of the test and the date that DPH receives the result.

In addition, 320 individuals are currently hospitalized due to Covid-19 in Delaware, a decrease of 100 as of the same time last week. Forty-six of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down 13 from last week.

Delaware did see its first three cases of the UK variant, apparently tied to a family gathering attended by people in other states.

The variant is believed to spread faster than the original strain, with existing vaccines expected to be effective.

The cumulative breakdown by county: New Castle, 43,763 cases; Kent, 12,634 cases; Sussex, 20,361; county not yet known, 177.

The percentage of people testing positive was 22.1, down four-tenths of a percent from the previous day, with 7.5 percent of total tests coming up positive, down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day. The percentage are based on a seven day average.

The percentage of positive tests takes into account people who have been tested more than once.

The dashboard reported 320 current hospitalizations, down 13 from the previous day), including 46 individuals in critical condition. New hospital admissions were also 46,up 10 from the previous day)

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.

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