New Castle County Covid cases running nearly double the national rate

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Delaware continues to see coronavirus in the 300-a-day range, according to the Sunday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

New Castle County continues to lead the state in the rate of new cases.

The number of daily cases had dropped below 150 in the summer but rose to the 700 level after the November and December holidays.

Delaware’s vaccination effort reached a milestone, with the number of doses administered moving past 700,000

The numbers

    • One new death, an individual from New Castle County in their 80s. The death increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 1,616.
    • 296 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 103,222.
    • 23.5 percent of people tested positive in the seven-day rolling average, down five-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
    • 5.6 percent of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, unchanged from the previous day. The full test measurement takes into account people who were tested more than once.
    • 159 current hospitalizations (up two from the previous day), including 22 individuals in critical condition.
    • 28 new hospital admissions (up two from the previous day).
    • 264,475 Delawareans fully vaccinated (up 3,836 from the previous day).
    • 700,859 total vaccine doses were administered, up 6,441 from the previous day.

Delaware continues to have Covid-19 case rates that are well above the national average.

Becker’s Hospital Review listed Delaware as having the 16th highest Covid-19 case rate among the 50 states. The state has ranked as high as five in other reports.

New Castle County is seeing cases running at roughly double the national rate, followed by Kent County and Sussex County.

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

The interactive map from Google and Media partners lists Covid-19 cases, vaccinations, and deaths by county. Laptop and desktop computer users can tap on the map twice for information.

Click 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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