As the number of cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, along with deaths and hospitalizations, the state is launching a massive effort to test students and teachers starting some in-person classes.
The state said Friday that 20,937 positive cases since March 11. The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased to 7.9 percent as of Thursday, from 6.8% the week before. The state would like that at 3 percent to reopen schools and businesses.
The number of new daily cases each day in the past week remained elevated with a seven-day average of new cases at 122.3 as of Thursday. The state wants that at 10 or less.
In addition, 83 people are hospitalized, a 57% increase over the previous week’s 53 hospitalizations. Sixteen of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up five from last week.
Eleven additional people died in the last week, bringing Delaware’s total to 642.
Other states are seeing similar rises, and many are questioning whether it’s the start of a fall surge that health experts warned would take place as schools reopened and people increasingly left home.
Of note: All coronavirus tests provided by city, state and counting sites are free.
Where have positive cases been?
The state on Friday also released a new way to see where infected people went during the two weeks before they tested positive. Find it here: de.gov/healthycommunity.
This is what that graph says this is how 122 cases responded between Sept. 20 and Sept. 26. It said 395 positive cases said they had not been anywhere:
Where to be tested for back to school
The state is testing teachers and students in their own districts. Find them here:
Monday: 2:30-7:30 p.m. at Delcastle Technical and McKean high schools.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hodgson Vo-Tech High School and Alfred Waters Middle school and 2-7 pm. at Caesar Rodney High School
Wednesday: 2-7 p.m. at Caesar Rodney and 2:30-7:30 p.m. at A. I. du Pont and Middletown high schools.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus and 2:30-7:30 p.m. at Glasgow and Odessa high schools.
Friday: 2:30-7:30 p.m. at Kirk Middle and William Penn High schools.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conrad Schools of Science and William Penn.
Oct. 13: 2-7 p.m. at Milford High School.
Oct. 14: 2-7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School.
Where to be tested in Wilmington
Monday. Oct. 5: Latin American Community Center, 301 N. Harrison St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only. Call 302-320-6439.
Tuesday, Oct. 6: Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bowers St., 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. An appointment is recommended. Call 302-428-6586.
Thursday, Oct. 8: Kingswood Community Center, 2300 Bowers St., 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. An appointment is recommended. Call 302-428-6586.
Friday, Oct. 9: Latin American Community Center, 301 North Harrison St., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. By appointment only. Call 302-320-6439.
Permanent testing sites in the City of Wilmington include:
- Monday – Friday: Northeast State Service Center, 1624 Jessup Street, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday – Friday: Porter State Service Center, 509 West 8th Street, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
New Castle County
Permanent sites including Walgreens and others are listed in the box above. New Castle’s testing will revolve around the schools listed above.
Here’s where to find testing around the state of Delaware, in addition to the permanent sites in the boxes.