Three deaths and a new record in hospitalizations were reported in the Thursday Covid-19 summary from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
All three were residents of New Castle County, and only one had an underlying health condition. None of the three were vaccinated. The death toll from virus complications now stands at 2,380.
The hospitalizations have put intense pressure on staff and facilities, with National Guard members dispatched to help relieve the stress on the system.
The other numbers
• 3,118 new positive cases (pending the processing of more test results), bringing the overall total to 218,486.
• 31.9% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, up one-tenth of a percent from the previous day.
• 759 current hospitalizations, a new high during the pandemic, and up 13 from the previous day. Seventy-two individuals in critical condition. Earlier in the week, health officials reported that more than four dozen of those patients are on ventilators, often a last-ditch measure.
• 28 new hospital admissions, down four from the previous day.
• 9,258 tests were performed daily in the seven-day average (up by 1,321 from the previous day).
• 632,523 people fully vaccinated (up 1,236 from the previous day, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
• 1,628,484 total vaccine doses administered, up by 6,765 from the previous day), according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
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