Covid update: 3 deaths as hospitalizations, new cases rise

The Delaware Division of Public Health’s Covid-19 summary for Thursday reported three new deaths and 645 new cases as signs of a post-Thanksgiving uptick appeared.
An increase in new cases was not unexpected due to the number of get-togethers and travel over the holiday period.
The three who died, all Kent County residents, ranged from their 50s to their 70s. One individual did not have underlying health conditions. None were vaccinated.
Hotspots in the number of new cases were Ellendale and Greenwood in Sussex County and Smyrna in New Castle and Kent counties.
Other information
  • 645 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 154,413.
  • The seven-day average of new cases has risen steadily to 404 after dropping into the 260 range earlier in the fall.
  • 37.4% of people who tested positive in the seven-day rolling average, down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
  • 8.2% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, up two-tenths of a percent from the previous day. Before the latest uptick in cases, the rate of positive tests had fallen below 6%.
  • 241 current hospitalizations, up by three from the previous day,  including 33 individuals in critical condition. The number of critically ill patients had fallen into the 20s earlier in the fall.
  • 17 new hospital admissions, up by five from the previous day.
  • 553 people tested negative, bringing the total to 743,968.
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