Covid update: Record number of hospitalizations, new daily cases

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One in five Delawareans have tested positive for the virus

The Division of Public Health reported a daily positive case total for Thursday, Jan. 6 of 4,327, shattering the previous record. The state has been dealing with a backlog of tests due to the presence of the fast-spreading Omicron variant. That has led to reporting delays.

In recent days, the state epidemiology staff processed information on 35 deaths – 15 recent deaths and 20 from a review of Vital Statistics records from September to December, with most of the fatalities coming in November and December.

Of the 35 deaths, 16 residents were residents of New Castle County, ten were from Sussex County, and nine resided in Kent County. The individuals ranged in age from their 40s to 110. Thirty-two of the 35 had underlying health conditions, and five were residents of long-term care facilities. In addition, 23 were unvaccinated, and 12 were fully vaccinated in terms of vaccination status.

The CovidActNow site pus  Delaware and nearly every other state in the high-risk category.  The one encouraging piece of news is that the vulnerability of residents in catching the virus is lower than in many other states. The vulnerability index is based on factors such as population density, health care access, age of the population, and poverty rates. 

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(See CovidActNow’s dashboard below and tap on the organization’s logo on the lower right-hand corner of the page for information by county as well as state by state figures.

The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of Covid-related fatalities to 2,365.

As of Saturday night, hospitalizations set a new high of 784, surpassing the previous high of 698 on Friday, Jan. 7. In recent months, the percentage of unvaccinated or partially vaccinated individuals in the hospital has been around 70%.

New positive cases have now passed 200,000, or about 1 in 5 of all Delawareans.

The other numbers as of Jan. 8

  • 2,791 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 205,640. Daily case numbers are subject to upward revisions, due to a large number of cases.
  • 28.3% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, down three-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
  • 67 individuals in critical condition.
  • 31 new hospital admissions, down 12 from the previous day.
  • 8,698 tests were performed daily in the seven-day average, up 167 from the previous day.
  • 629,785 people were fully vaccinated up by 53 from the previous day, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
  • 1,612,846 total vaccine doses administered (up 46 from the previous day), according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level: https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

The other numbers as of Jan. 7

  • 2,860 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 202,236.
  • 698 current hospitalizations (a new high during the pandemic up six from the previous day.
  • 60 individuals in critical condition.
  • 43 new hospital admissions, up 11 from the previous day.
  • 8,531 tests performed daily in the seven-day average, down 153 from the previous day.
  • 629,732 people fully vaccinated, up 1,924 from the previous day, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker
  • 1,612,800 total vaccine doses administered, up 12,476 from the previous day,, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.

For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity at the state, county, and in some cases, zip code or census tract level, click here.

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