Covid Update: Positive test rate rises as critical cases remain few


Delaware is seeing a rising number of Covid-19 cases, according to a  Saturday summary from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

Hospitalizations have risen slightly  from spring lows, with  the number of critical cases  dropping  to one as of Friday  night.
Philadelphia has seen a surge in cases, with public health officials urging people to wear masks in indoor public spaces.

Thirteen deaths were reported in the Saturday summary,  all but one from a review of vital statistics records. 
Of those who died, seven were residents of Sussex County, four resided in  New Castle County  and two were  from Kent Couny.  They  ranged in age from their 40s to their 100s. All had underlying health conditions and four were residents of long-term care facilities.
Eight were fully vaccinated, while five were not vaccinated. The death toll now stands at 2,884.
The other numbers
• 109 new positive cases, bringing the overall adjusted total to 259,118. 
• 4.5% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average, up four-tenths of a percent from the previous day. In late March, the percentage had dropped below 3%.
• 30 current hospitalizations, down by two  from the previous day, including one  individual in critical condition. The number is up from the late March figure of 19.
• Six new hospital admissions, down three from the previous day.
• 2,249 tests performed daily in the 7-day average (up 53 from the previous day).
• 667,546 people fully vaccinated, up 310 from the previous day,  according to the CDC Vaccine Tracker.
• 1,770,304 total vaccine doses administered, up 2,302 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.