Delaware Covid update: New cases stay above 500

Signs of another surge in Covid-19 cases came in the Black Friday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
New cases topped 500 for the second straight day, the highest figure in weeks.
No new deaths were reported.
The higher number of cases comes as concerns grew from the Omicron variant first detected in southern Africa.
On Friday, The Biden Administration banned travel from South Africa and other nations in the region.
News of Omicron, said to be more potent than the Delta variant, sent the stock market plunging and led to a 10% drop in the price of crude oil. 
No new deaths were reported as of Thursday night after nine deaths were reported,  eight from a review of Vital Statistics reports from November to September.
Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths rose to 2,173.
About 60% of those who died were unvaccinated in the past week. Previous figures indicated that more than 80% of deaths were among the unvaccinated. However, those figures were based on Vital Statistics reports from previous months.
Delaware remains in the very risk category, according to the CovidActNow website. Click on the CovidActNow logo at the bottom right of the graphic for county, state, and national vaccination and cases numbers. 

The other numbers
• 519 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 152,165. 
• 32.7% of people who tested positive in the 7-day rolling average, up four-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
7.1% of total tests were positive in the 7-day rolling average, down three-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
• 159 current hospitalizations, down six from the previous day), including 18 individuals in critical condition.
• 12 new hospital admissions, up four from the previous day).
• 708 people who tested negative, bringing the total to 742,064.
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