Covid dashboard: 14 new deaths as vaccination total increases

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A review of death records from January and February led to 11 new deaths from Covid-19, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported on Wednesday.

Delaware continued to chip away at the formidable task of vaccinating nearly 200,000 the 1B category which includes those over 65 and some essential employees.
blankA total of 14 deaths were reported, including 10 individuals from New Castle County, three from Sussex County, and one from Kent County. They ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s, and two were residents of long-term care facilities. The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related fatalities to 1,440.
The other numbers:
• 231 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 87,425.
• 19.5 percent of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (up one-tenth of a percent 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).
• 135 current hospitalizations (down 16 from the previous day), including 17 individuals in critical condition.
• 20 new hospital admissions (down 13 from the previous day).

A sizable percentage of new cases have been tied to the University of Delaware. According to the UD dashboard, 500 new cases have been recorded in the past couple of weeks. UD limited gatherings and moved dining halls to takeout only service.

DPH reported that 236,155 total vaccine doses have been administered, up 8,058 from the previous day.

Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures, Delaware is approaching the milestone of having one in four residents getting at least one dose of the vaccine. (See pie chart above).

The state continues to work through the a backlog of residents waiting for a second dose of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Delaware did receive 8,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The one-dose vaccine could quickly increase the number of immunized Delawareans. However the state is not expected to see another shipment until April.

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