Covid update: Slight downturn in new cases and one new death

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Delaware saw a slight downturn in daily coronavirus cases, although hospitalizations increased, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported on Thursday.

The numbers:

  • One new death, an individual in their 70s from New Castle County. It increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 1,604.
  • 278 new positive cases.
  • 24.8 percent of people tested positive in the seven-day rolling average, down seven-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
  • 5.9 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (up two-tenths of a percent from the previous day).
  • 180 current hospitalizations, up 12 from the previous day, including 26 individuals in critical condition.
  • 5 new hospital admissions (down two from the previous day).
  • 246,865 Delawareans fully vaccinated, up 6,141 from the previous day).
  • 672,376 total vaccine doses administered, up 11,206 from the previous day.

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New Castle and Kent counties are now in the dark red zone of 500 or more cases per 100,000 population. Sussex County, which struggled with Covid-19 a year ago, now has fewer cases than the state’s two other counties.

Becker’s Hospital Review listed Delaware as having the 14th highest Covid-19 cases among the 50 states.

State officials said Sussex’s high vaccination rate among its older residents might be a factor in its lower numbers.

Clicorock here for more Delaware 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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