43 recent Covid-19 deaths reported as health division works through data backlog


The Delaware Division of Public Health on Friday reported 35 recent deaths from Covid-19 and another nine from a review of vital statistics records. The vast majority of those dying from Covid-19 complications were unvaccinated. (See chart below)

Hospitalizations broke another record.

The number of new daily cases remained below 3,000 after surging above that figure. However, a backlog of test results could change those numbers.

The fast-spreading Omicron virus is believed to be responsible for the surge. The Delta variant is also believed to be around. The state has not offered an update on variants as it wades through the flood of new test results.

Also, due to the large number of test results and positive cases reported over the past 10 days and the need for epidemiology staff to focus on processing that data, reports on deaths dating from the end of 2021 were backlogged.


The Friday update includes 35 deaths reported to the Division of Public Health since Dec. 29,. It also includes nine deaths from a review of Vital Statistics records from November and December.

As for vaccination status, 35 of those who died were unvaccinated and nine were fully vaccinated. The deaths increased Delaware’s tool to 2,330, greater than the population of the Delaware side of the border town of Delmar.

Of the 43 deaths, 18 were residents of New Castle County, 16 were from Sussex County and 10 resided in Kent County. The individuals ranged in age from their 30s to their 90s, with 43 of the 44 had underlying health condition. Three were residents of long-term care facilities.

Hospitalizations set a new high of 692, surpassing the previous high of 666 on Jan. 5.

Vaccination status report

The following report from the state captures a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame for Dec. 20 – Dec. 26. The report highlights the high percentage of unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated individuals comprising Delaware’s cases and hospitalizations. 

(12/20 -12/26)
Unvaccinated Cases
Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases4315
Total Cases6933
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases62%
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases124
Total Hospitalized Cases174
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases71%
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths14
Total COVID-19 Deaths19
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths74%

 Breakthrough cases (cumulative since vaccinations began 

  • Total breakthrough cases: 9,858 or 1.7% of fully vaccinated individuals 
  • Total breakthrough hospitalizations: 166
  • Total breakthrough deaths: 138

The other numbers from Friday

  • 2,710 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 198,507.
  • The seven-day average of new cases was 2505.4
  • 27.7% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day)
  • 63 individuals in critical condition.
  • 32 new hospital admissions, down nine from the previous day).
  • 8,684 tests performed daily in the seven-day average, down 330 from the previous day.
  • 627,808 people fully vaccinated, up 43 from the previous day), according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
  • 1,600,324 total vaccine doses administered, up 73 from the previous day, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.

For more data, inkcuding breaksdowns by age, sex, rate/ethnicity at the statewdide, county and in some cases, Zip Code or census tract, click here.