Four new coronavirus-related deaths were reported as of Wednesday night by the Delaware Division of Public Health.
Two of the individuals were from Kent County, with one each from New Castle and Sussex. They ranged in age from their 70s to their 80s. The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 1,406.
• 290 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 85,801.
• 21.6 percent of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day) and 5 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (up to one-tenth of a percent from the previous day).
• 164 current hospitalizations (down 18 from the previous day), including 26 individuals in critical condition.
• 24 new hospital admissions (down four from the previous day).
• 1,061 people tested negative, bringing the total to 534,965.
The 19711 zip code, which includes much of the UD community, was listed as a hotspot in the state as students returned. Due to a spike in cases last week, The University of Delaware ordered restrictions that included carryouts only at dining halls and a warning that classes will move to remote status if conditions don’t improve.
Other areas include Hockessin-Greenville, Felton, Harrington, and Selbyville. Hotspots are defined as areas with more than 300 cases per 100,000 population.
State Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay noted that the rate of infections is down overall. The definition of a hotspot had been as high as 500 or more cases per 100,000 population.
Below is a dashboard with links to data via zip code. For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, zip code or census tract level, check out the MyHealthyCommunity portal.