Covid update: Hospitalizations remain below 200 as percentage of positive cases hovers near 5% mark

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The Delaware Division of Public Health reported 11 new Covid-19 deaths as of Monday night.

The new deaths came as the U.S. death toll passed 500,000.

The 11 deaths largely came from a review of death records, mainly from January and December.

Five of the deaths came from New Castle County, four were from Sussex County and two were from Kent County.

The individuals ranged in age from their 60s to their 90s, one did not have underlying health conditions, and two were residents of long-term care facilities.

Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths rose to 1,379.

The other numbers:
• 144 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 85,228.
• 21.4 percent of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (up nine-tenths of a percent from the previous day) and 4.7 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (up one-tenth of a percent from the previous day).
• 181 current hospitalizations (down one from the previous day), including 27 individuals in critical condition.
• 27 new hospital admissions (down three from the previous day).

Even with the decline in infections, the number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations remains above summer 2020 lows.

Now being watched are cases in Newark as classes resume at the University of Delaware.

The 19711 zip code, which includes much of the UD community, was listed as a hotspot in the state as students returned. Other areas included Hockessin-Greenville, Felton, Harrington, Greenville, Magnolia, and Selbyville.

State Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay noted that the rate of infections is down overall. The definition of a hotspot has been reduced below 500 infections 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.

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