The Delaware Division of Public Health reported four deaths from coronavirus in its Sunday report. The report is based on information from Saturday night.
Of those who died from Covid-19 complications, three were from New Castle County and one from Sussex. They ranged in age from their 60s to their 80s. The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 1,422.
The other numbers:
• 283 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 86,799.
• 21.2 percent of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (unchanged from the previous day) and 4.8 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (down one-tenth of a percent from the previous day). The total test measure takes into account people who have been tested more than once.
• 142 current hospitalizations (down 17 from the previous day), including 22 individuals in critical condition. Hospitalizations had been heading toward 500 during and after the holidays.
• 16 new hospital admissions (down 13 from the previous day).
• 216,156 total vaccine doses administered (up 6,070 from the previous day).
The effects of a surge in Covid-19 cases in the University of Delaware community have been a factor in the state’s Covid stats.
The 19711 zip code, which includes much of the UD community, now has the state’s highest infection rate, with nearly 500 cases per 100,000 population, well above any other zip code in the state. Students recently returned to the Newark campus for the spring semester.
UD officials warned that more restrictions on activities would occur if case numbers don’t decline. The university’s dashboard reported 300 cases this week. The university moved to a more robust return to campus with the spring semester after low case numbers in the fall.
The state has reported a steady decline in Covid-19 cases from post-holiday highs. There have been signs that the decline has slowed.
Nationwide, demand for Covid-19 testing has declined, a worrisome development for public health officials who note that only a small minority of the population has been vaccinated. Moreover, younger people, who account for a higher rate of cases, have in most cases not been getting vaccines.
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.