Covid update: 3 deaths as daily case hotspots emerge in Middletown, Townsend & Magnolia

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The Wednesday update from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported two new deaths during a fall uptick in new daily Covid-19 cases.
 
A total of five deaths have been reported in the past two days.
 
Both individuals were from Kent County.  Both were in their 70s, had underlying health conditions, and were not vaccinated. The total number of  Covid deaths increased to 2,164.
 
The seven-day average of new cases fell to 360, down from 371 a day earlier, but up from about 250 earlier in the fall.
 
Hospitalizations remain above 260, well below the record of 475, but above the 225 recorded earlier in the fall.
 
According to a DPH map, fast-growing Middletown and Townsend in southern New Castle County and Magnolia a  town south of Dover have the highest number of cases per 10,000 residents. 
 
A rising vaccination rate may have blunted the impact of the increasing tide of cases and hospital stays in the state. 
 
Delaware remains in the middle of the pack among the 50 states in its rate of new cases per 100,000 population.
 
The neighboring states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland have a lower case rate and  higher vaccination  rates than Delaware. 

Statistic: Rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the United States as of November 23, 2021, by state (per 100,000 people) | StatistaFind more statistics at Statista

The Delaware numbers as of Wednesday night
 
  • 293 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 151,164.
  • 31.2% of people tested positive in the seven-day rolling average, up one-tenth of a percent from the previous day.
  • 7.2% of total tests were positive in the 7-day rolling average, down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
  • 164 current hospitalizations, down 13 from the previous day, including 19 individuals in critical condition.
  • 6 new hospital admissions (down 6 from the previous day).
  • 370 people tested negative, bringing the total to 740,801.
For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level, click here.  
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