Covid-19 update: 16 new deaths as cases, hospitalizations decline


The Tuesday Covid-19 summary in Delaware from the Delaware Division of Public Health shows a continuing decline in new cases and hospitalizations.

That downturn led Gov. John Carney to end the indoor mask restriction on Friday morning, with a statewide school masking mandate to expire on April 1. The delay gives school boards time to decide on their own policies that may or may not require masks for students.

DPH did report 17 deaths, 16 new and one from a review of December vital statistics numbers. Deaths tend to be a lagging indicator in Covid outbreaks.


Of those who died, eight were residents of Sussex County, five resided in Kent County and four were from New Castle County. Ages ranged from their 40s to their 90s. Fifteen of the 17 had underlying health conditions, and 12 were not vaccinated.

The death toll now stands at 2,593, a number that approaches the population of the Town of Ocean View in Sussex County

The numbers as of Monday, Feb. 7

  • – 200 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 251,669.
  • – 237 current hospitalizations, down 22 from the previous day.
  • – 21 individuals in critical condition.
  • – 11 new hospital admissions, up seven from the previous day.
  • – 4,663 tests performed daily in the seven-day average (down 40 from the previous day.
  • – 649,602 people fully vaccinated, up 1,387 from the previous day, according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
  • – 1,701,600 total vaccine doses, up 5,567 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, click here.