State keeps eye on variants as daily Covid-19 cases continue to increase

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The Sunday coronavirus update from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported nearly 300 new cases, double the average of a few weeks ago, with hospitalizations moving continued to increase.

blankThe numbers

  • One new death – an individual in their 70s from Sussex County. The death increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 1,566.
  • 302 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 96,376.
  • 23.6% of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (down one-tenth of a percent from the previous day)
  • 5.7% of total tests were positive in the 7-day rolling average (up one-tenth of a percent from the previous day). The total tests metric takes into account those who have been tested more than once.
  • 58 current hospitalizations (up 16 from the previous day), including 17 individuals in critical condition.
  • 23 new hospital admissions (down 11 from the previous day).
  • 500,482 total vaccine doses administered (up 7,825 from the previous day).

As of Thursday, the Division of Public Health has identified the following COVID-19 variants in Delaware through routine surveillance of test specimens. The variants are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list of Variants of Concern and Variants of Interest.

Variants of Concern Variants of Interest
Variant Origin # of Cases Variant Origin # of Cases
B.1.1.7 United Kingdom 41 B.1.525 New York, US 1
B.1.351 South Africa 1 B.1.526 New York, US 54
B.1.427 California, US 4
B.1.429 California, US 7

The cases include 87 adults ranging in age from 18-84 and 18 individuals under the age of 18. Age is currently unknown for three individuals.

Seventy-five individuals were from New Castle County, 17 were from Kent County, and 14 were from Sussex County. The county of residence is currently unknown for two individuals.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 1,338 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 184 within the past week.

Variants are being closely watched due to indications of more rapid spread than the original strain.

Public health officials are now in a race to vaccinate more people and hold down a surge in infections that has already led to restrictions in Europe.

Below is a map of Covid-19 cases in the past 14 days that shows Delaware firmly in the red zone with high growth of new cases. Laptop users can enlarge the map and tap on individual counties to see case data.

Below is an interactive map courtesy of the Delaware Division of Public Health. Laptop computer users can tap on the zip code area to see case information.

A growing number of zip codes are seeing more than 300 cases per 100,000 population, but no outbreaks of 500 cases per 100,000.

Click here for additional data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level.

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