Covid hospitalizations near record low

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Delaware continues to see fewer Covid-19 cases as vaccinations increase and hospitalizations are at or near a record low.

Vaccinations are not 100 percent effective, with more than 300 vaccinated individuals in Delaware contracting the virus in what are known as breakthrough cases. However, the severity of the illness is greatly reduced, thanks to vaccinations.

The numbers as of Saturday night:
  • No new deaths, keeping Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths at 1,677.
  • 60 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 109,126. During the winter peak of the pandemic, the average number of daily cases was 700 or more.
  • 8.6% of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average (down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day. Last winter, the percentage of positive was over 20.
  • 2% of total tests were positive in the 7-day rolling average, down one-tenth of a percent from the previous day. The figure is well below the 5% metric used to denote limited spread of the virus.
  • 29 current hospitalizations (down 14 from the previous day), including 3 individuals in critical condition. Hospitalizations had risen to 474. The current rate of hospitalizations is believed to match the low recorded last summer.
  • 19 new hospital admissions (down 6 from the previous day).
  • 97,465 Delawareans fully vaccinated (up 1,913 from the previous day).
  • 935,693 total vaccine doses administered, up 3,351 from the previous day.

The new vaccine doses typically indicate about half of those getting shots received their first dose. The bulk of the vaccines are two-dose versions from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. A limited number of vaccinations use the one-dose Johnson & Johnson/Janssen version.

Delaware is working to reach the Biden-Harris Administration’s goal of having 70 percent of adults vaccinated by July 4. Based on daily vaccination figures, the state needs to vaccinate another 11,000 adults to reach that goal.

Click here for more 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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