Delaware still in Covid-19 ‘low spread’ zone


Despite reports of higher case numbers and hospitalizations,  the Centers for Disease Control still lists Delaware as having low spread of Covid-19 cases. 

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All three counties in Delaware are currently in the green zone, according to the CDC’s county widget.

By contrast, counties in New England and the Northeast are now in the CDC’s red zone, which indicates a risk of a high number of hospitalizations that could overwhelm local health care systems. (See accompanying map). In red-zone counties, the CDC recommends that people wear masks indoors.

Blamed for the surge in cases are new Covid-19 variants that are more transmissible than their predecessors.


The Friday summary from the Delaware Division of Public Health reported nine new deaths from the virus, eight from a review of vital statistics reports from November 2021 to April 2022, and one recent death.

The deaths involved five residents of Sussex County, three from New Castle and one from Kent. The deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 2,928.

A total of 419 new cases were reported, and the percentage of total positive tests rose to 10.8, after moving into the two percentage range earlier in the spring.

The number of people in the hospital stands at 102, including three people in critical conditions. Earlier in the year, the number of people in the hospital had dropped into the 20s and for a few days there was no one in critical condition. 

At the peak of the last outbreak, as many as 3,000 new daily cases were reported, with more than 750 in the hospital.