Covid update: 10 recent deaths among the unvaccinated; 40 individuals in critical condition

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Eleven individuals, all but one  unvaccinated, died from Covid-19 complications in recent days, according to the Tuesday through Thursday reports from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
 
Hospitalizations  are also on the upswing. The hospitalization  rate is a  lagging indicator that will add more people to  the death toll.
 
One unvaccinated resident each from New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties, passed away as of  Monday night.  They ranged in age from their 60s to their 70s.
 
A review of death records added another seven to the list on Tuesday. The Tuesday deaths included three   New Castle County residents, two from  Kent County residents and two  were from Sussex County. They ranged in age from their 50s to their 80s. One was a resident of a long-term care facility. All but one was unvaccinated.
 
One death was reported as of  Wedneday night, a New Castle County resident in their 70s who had not been vaccinated.
 
The death increased Delaware’s total number of  Covid tool to 1,889.
 
The other numbers:
  • 558 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 120,727.
  • 7.5% of total tests were positive, a figure that has remained steady during the past week.
  • 244 hospitalizations, up from 237 a day earlier, with 40 in critical condition, unchanged from a day earlier. 
  • The number of fully vaccinated Delawareans is approaching half a million or about half of the state’s population based on 2020 Census figures. 
The recent  deaths have largely come in age groups that have high vaccination rates, but are vulnerable to the virus, due to age and underlying  health conditions that include obesity and diabetes.
 
Breakthrough cases (fully immunized individuals getting Covid-19) have risen from one-tenth to three-tenths of one percent  among those who have been fully vaccinated. The increase still pales in comparison to the total number of vaccinated people.
 
The faster-spreading Delta variant is driving the increase in cases.
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