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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.