Delaware is having trouble getting off the plateau when it comes to new Covid-19 cases. The daily total of new cases has remained 400 or more since mid-September, despite a growing percentage of the population now fully vaccinated.
The Thursday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health listed more than 500 new cases. The seven-day average was 400, down from 450 earlier in the month.
An earlier summary this week from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported eight deaths from complications of the virus. The fatalities resulted in Delaware passing the grim milestone of 2,000 deaths.
Among the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, Delaware in the middle of the nation’s states in the rate of cases per 100,000 population. Neighboring Maryland has among the lowest case rates in the nation.
CovidActNow lists Delaware as critical when it comes to the number of cases per 100,000 population. (See graphics below). Tapping on the CovidActNow logo at the bottom of the graphic leads to further information on states and counties.
As the state and county graphics below indicate, Kent and Sussex counties have higher rates of new Covid-19 cases than New Castle County. Kent lags behind its neighbors in its vaccination rate.
One figures that stans out is Kent County’s intensive care unit capacity running at 97%, well above the Sussex and New Castle figures.
In its Tuesday report, based on Monday night figures, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported the following:
Of the eight new deaths reported – four were residents of New Castle County, three were from Kent County and one resided in Sussex County, who ranged in age from their 40s to their 80s. One individual did not have underlying health conditions, and six were not vaccinated. The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related deaths to 2,005.
The other numbers:
• 508 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 138,938.
• 7.9% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, down one-tenth of a percent from the previous day).
• 200 current hospitalizations, up two from the previous day, including 34 individuals in critical condition.
• 16 new hospital admissions, up four from the previous day.
• 953 people tested negative, bringing the total to 712,088.
• 570,763 people fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control Vaccine Tracker. That adds up to about 58% of the state’s population.
• 1,243,897 total vaccine doses administered, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
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