Coronavirus update: Is the recent decline in cases an Easter fluke?

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Delaware saw a reduced number of positive tests for a second straight day.

Whether two straight days of daily cases dropping below 300 marks a trend or is the result of fewer tests during the Easter weekend remains to be seen. Like other states in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, Delaware has seen an increased number of cases in recent weeks.

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  • One new death reported today – an individual in their 50s from Sussex County. The death increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 1,567.
  • 233 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 96,806. The cumulative breakdown by county: New Castle, 56,715 cases; Kent, 15,863 cases; Sussex, 24,025; county not yet known, 203.
  • 22.5 percent of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (down five-tenths of a percent from the previous day) and 5.5 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (down one-tenth of a percent from the previous day).
  • 140 current hospitalizations (down 27 from the previous day), including 17 individuals in critical condition.
  • 33 new hospital admissions (up 6 from the previous day)
  • 511,766 total vaccine doses were administered (up 8,748 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 a 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 have already led to Europe’s restrictions.

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 see 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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