Weekly Covid-19 report: Deaths rise as hospitalizations and positive cases decline

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In its weekly report, the Delaware Division of Public Health noted that the seven-day average of new positive cases decreased to 280.3 as of Thursday, Feb. 18. The average number of cases had been in the 700s a few weeks ago.

A total of 84,181 positive cases of Covid-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, 2020. The seven-day average of new positive cases decreased to 280.3 as of Thursday, Feb. 18.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, Feb. 18, was 19 percent, a decrease from 21.5 percent as of Thursday, Feb. 11.

The seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 4.8 percent, a decrease from 6 percent. The percentage of the total tests takes into account people who have been tested more than once.

A total of 173 individuals are currently hospitalized due to Covid in Delaware, a decrease of 74 as of this time last week.

Twenty of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down three from last week. Hospitalizations had been moving toward 500 during the winter peak of the pandemic. Many of the listed deaths came from a review of death records.

A total of 1,343 Delawareans have died from Covid-19. The state reported 74 additional deaths since last week’s update.

The total number of individuals who have died from Covid-19 ranges in age from under 5 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 679 were female and 664 were male. A total of 644 individuals were from New Castle County, 281 were from Kent County, and 418 were from Sussex County.

To date, the Division of Public Health has identified seven confirmed cases of the Covid-19 variant in Delaware through routine surveillance of test specimens. This variant is the same one that was first discovered in England in December and is also commonly referred to as the UK Variant.

The cases include six adults ranging in age from 18-65, as well as a child under the age of 10. Five individuals were from New Castle County and two were from Kent County.

Virus mutation is common. Preliminary data suggests the UK variant, as well as Brazilian and South African variants, may spread more easily and quickly, which could lead to increased cases.

The Division of Public Health says Delawareans need to mask up, practice social distancing, avoid gatherings and wash hands to minimize the threat from the variants

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, click here for the MyHealthyCommunity portal.


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