Trending: Delaware sees uptick in Covid-19 cases, hospital stays

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Delaware saw a modest uptick in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations during the past week as the state passed the 70% adult vaccination milestone.

State public health officials warned that the virus remains a threat and advised those not vaccinated to wear masks and get vaccines.

Travel is discouraged for those who have not been vaccinated, especially when it comes to international destinations. A positive test can result in a stay in sometimes less than ideal conditions in a “quarantine hotel.”

Variants remain an area of concern. So far, relatively few samples in Delaware have shown the presence of the more dangerous Delta Variant. However, the Delta strain is expected to become the dominant variant nationwide.

Positive test rate rises

As of Tuesday, the seven-day average for the percentage of total positive tests was 1.3%, increasing from 1%. Last year at this time, the state was seeing a nearly 5% rate.

In addition, 23 individuals are currently hospitalized due to Covid-19 in Delaware. Hospitalizations had recently fallen below 20 but, during the winter, rose to 474. Hospitalizations tend to go up during and after holidays.

A total of 1,695 Delawareans have died due to complications from Covid-19. Two deaths were reported in the past week. Both individuals were unvaccinated.

Vaccinations

On Thursday, Delaware achieved President Biden’s 70% vaccination goal. According to Tuesday data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70.5% of Delawareans ages 18-plus have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

The adult vaccination rate in Delaware has been increasing each day at a rate ranging from between a tenth of one percent to two-tenths of a percent.

The rate could slow with the end of the DE Wins promotion that offered prizes to those getting vaccines.

About seven in ten vaccinations are taking place in the state’s pharmacies. State efforts are focusing on areas with low vaccination rates or populations that have more difficulty getting to vaccination sites.

Delaware trails the neighboring states of New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania in the percentage of adults that have received at least one vaccine dose, but remains in the top 20 in vaccination rates.

Adult vaccination rates range from 85% in Vermont to 46% in Mississippi.

As of 12:01 a.m, July 2, 1,014,628 administered doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX.

Among Delawareans 12 or over, 508,077 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 449,746 Delawareans are fully vaccinated.

Variants

As of Friday, the Division of Public Health has identified the following COVID-19 variants in Delaware through routine surveillance of test specimens.

Variants of Concern
Variants of Interest
Variant
Origin
# of Cases
Variant
Origin
# of Cases
Alpha/B.1.1.7
United Kingdom
947
Eta/B.1.525
UK/Nigeria (formerly NEW York, US)
2
Beta/B.1.351
South Africa
1
Iota/B.1.526
B.1526.1
New York, US
316
Gamma/P.1
Brazil
53
Epsilon/B.1.427
California, US
10
Delta/B.1.617.2
India
15
Epsilon/B.1.429
California, US
11

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 3,230 specimens for Covid-19 variant strains to date, including 41 within the past week.

For the latest Delaware data, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

Below is a graphic from Big Local News on the case and vaccination rates by states and counties. Laptop and desktop computer users can click on the headers below or maps for data on cases, fatalities, and vaccinations in Delaware and other states.

According to the graphic, more than 58% of Delaware’s population has been fully or partially vaccinated. Delaware and other states face a big challenge in getting that figure to 70%, although a few states have reached that mark.

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