CDC data shows Sussex County entering Covid-19 red zone

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Sussex County is seeing an elevated level of Covid-19 cases, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.

The state’s southernmost county is now in the red zone, thanks to a  substantial level of community transmission. The transmission rate for Kent and Sussex counties is still listed as moderate, although cases numbers are rising in all three counties.

The higher transmission rate comes after the  CDC changed its guidance and now advises that even vaccinated individuals should wear masks indoors in areas with high case rates, a category that may include Sussex.

Signs point to vaccinated individuals carrying the virus, perhaps a reflection of faster-spreading strains making their way into the state.

A game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals was postponed Wednesday night after a large number of Nationals team members and staff tested positive, even though many were vaccinated.

An uptick in cases was not entirely unexpected due to the summer tourist season at the beach and large numbers of people gathering indoors.

The graph below from the Delaware Division of Public Health shows a tripling in the new case rate per 100,000 residents in Sussex. 

While hospitalizations rose sharply, the rate is well below any figure that would put  strains on capacity. Hospitals in Sussex  had been on a path that could have led to no Covid-19 patients at their sites.

Deaths in Delaware have fallen to one a week. well below the double-digit figures seen earlier in the pandemic.

New cases rate

(per 100,000 people)
Percent of tests that are positive Avg. daily hospitalizations

(per 100,000 people)
07/17/2021 – 07/23/2021
52.1
4.0
 
07/10/2021 – 07/16/2021
32.9
3.0
 
07/03/2021 – 07/09/2021
16.7
1.5
 
06/26/2021 – 07/02/2021
20.5
1.9
 
06/19/2021 – 06/25/2021
14.5
1.4
 

The county had two previous outbreaks, one tied to the poultry processing industry early in the pandemic and another later in the spring tied to senior week.

WRDE-TV reported that businesses and schools in Sussex County are monitoring  the situation.

 The Carney Administration is also  monitoring developments. Delaware’s  guidance still  calls for unvaccinated individuals to wear mask.

Gov. John Carney says he wears a face covering in more crowded locations such as a Wawa convenience stores.

The   Delaware Division of Public Health brought back its daily Covid-19 report/graphic  on its Facebook page. (See accompanying graphic).

In the meantime, new  daily cases in the state have risen from the 20s earlier this summer into the 70s.

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