Covid update: While cases, hospitalizations climb, Delaware stays in bottom half of states in virus’ spread

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While Delaware continues to see an uptick in Covid-19 cases, it is far from the top among the 50 states in that category.

A report from late last week from  Becker’s Hospital Review shows the First State ranking in the low 30s among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in its rate of positive cases.

The rankings are affected by Alabama and Florida no longer reporting daily figures. The two states have been at the epicenter of current Covid-19 outbreaks.


Critics have claimed Florida is trying to cook the books on the figures, while defenders say the state is now providing more accurate data.

Saturday, Covid-19 figures from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported three new deaths from the virus.

All were residents of New Castle County, who ranged in age from their 70s to their 90s. One was a long-term care facility resident, one individual did not have underlying health conditions, two were fully vaccinated, and one was not vaccinated. Their deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 1,891.
No new deaths were recorded in the Sunday and Monday reports
Monday numbers (based on Sunday night figures)
  • 272 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 122,370. The average rate of new daily cases has been moving upward but has shown no sharp increase in the past week. 
  • 7.6% of total tests were positive in the 7-day rolling average, down three-tenths of a percent from the previous day. The rate of positive tests had been as low as one percent.
  • 215 current hospitalizations, down 32 from the previous day), including 37 individuals in critical condition.
  • 9 new hospital admissions, down 5 from the previous day).
  • 502,589 Delawareans fully vaccinated, up 508 from the previous day.
  • 1,127,830 total vaccine doses administered, up 961 from the previous day).
  • 58.6% of Delaware’s population received at least one dose of vaccine. Children under 12 are not eligible for the vaccine.
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