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A look at records led to 17 new deaths related to coronavirus in the Thursday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
Sixteen of the 17 deaths came after a review of Vital Statistics review of death certificate records. Records are examined, since most individuals who die from Covid-19 have pre-existing conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus.
Of those who died, 14 individuals were from New Castle County and three from Kent County.
The individuals who died ranged in age from their 60s to their 90s, and nine were residents of long-term care facilities. The total number of Covid-related deaths rose to 1,262.
A total of 436 new positive cases were reported, an increase from previous days.
The percentage of people testing positive was 21.9 (unchanged from the previous day) with 6.2 percent of total tests coming in positive up two tenths of a percent from the previous day. Both metrics are based on a seven day rolling average.
The percentage of total tests takes into account who have been tested more than once.
Hospitalizations totaled 253, up 1 from the previous day), including 24 individuals in critical condition. New admissions related to Covid-19 were38, unchanged from the previous day).
Hospitalizations had been moving toward the 500 mark as the state saw a surge of cases during and after the holidays.
A total of 132,342 total vaccine doses have been administered (up 3,186 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 here for the MyHealthyCommunity