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Both hospitalizations and new cases of COVID-19 continue to fall; where to be tested next week

30 state pop-up testing sites are scheduled, with the most in New Castle County
Delaware will offer 30 pop-up testing sites the week of Feb. 22.
Delaware will offer 30 pop-up testing sites the week of Feb. 22.

 

New cases of COVID-19 and hospitalizations continue to decline from the peak of the holiday surge.

The state still wants people to be tested to help spot and quell outbreaks.

As of midnight Thursday, 84,181 Delaware residents have had the coronavirus since March 11, 2020. Also as of Thursday, the seven-day average of new cases dropped to 280.3 per day over a seven day average. The state would like that to be under 100.

The percentage of total tests that were positive was 4.8%, a drop from 6% last week and under the 5% target that Gov. John Carney has been saying for weeks that state officials wanted to hit.

On Friday, 173 individuals were hospitalized due to COVID-19, down 74 from last week and 400 below the peak. Twenty are critically ill.

A total of 1,343 Delawareans have passed away because of COVID-19, with 74 additional deaths added since last week’s update.

The Division of Public Health has identified seven confirmed cases of the British variant of COVID in Delaware, including four in one family.

Virus mutation is not unusual, but because new strains are believed to spread more easily and quickly, the state wants people to be tested and to continue to follow COVID-19 precautions such as wearing a mask, observing social distance guidelines and avoiding crowds.

 

Vaccinations

As of Friday, 169,677 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been given, the Division of Public Health said in press release. Another 27,000 doses have been delivered as part of the federal pharmacy programs. Find more vaccination stats at de.gov/healthycommunity.

The state is trying to balance giving the vaccine to as many people as possible with making sure people get their second doses.

Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, announced Tuesday that the state is telling any group that gives a first vaccine that it has an obligation to provide a second dose, and then use any extra vaccine for first doses.

As the state has been saying for a few weeks, that will make it harder to give people first doses as quickly as it has been.

“If you received your first dose at Walgreens, Giant, Camden Pharmacy or ChristianaCare, you may have received notice recently that your second dose appointment was canceled or postponed,” a Friday press release said.

That’s because of limited supplies and bad winter weather, the release said.

DPH is supplying each location with second doses for every person who received a first dose at those locations, the release said, and they have begun rescheduling, based on the supplies they are getting.

 

Testing sites

DEMA has coordinated community sites this week in addition to sites at Walgreens and at various hospitals and health care locations.  The agency urges people to check the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ social media accounts (FacebookTwitter, and Instagram) for testing location updates due to inclement weather.

 New Castle County

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Frawley Stadium (801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hockessin United Methodist Church (7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Middletown High School (120 Silver Lake Road, Middletown) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from noon. – 4 p.m.: The Bancroft School (700 N. Lombard St., Wilmington) Register: Bancroft School Mako Location (*Print the page with the bar code and bring with you to the testing site)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from noon – 4 p.m.: ChristianaCare Hospital, Portal 1 Parking Lot (4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Wilmington University Athletic Campus (1365 Pulaski Highway, Newark Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: City of Love at Brandywine (2200 N. Market St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Delaware Park (777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: University of Delaware Laird Campus Lot No. 6 (David Hollowell Drive, Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Thomas Edison Charter School (Indoor Walk Up – 2200 Locust St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: University of Delaware STAR Campus (540 S. College Ave., Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Peoples Settlement Association (408 E. 8th St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187

 

 

Kent County

  • Monday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Harrington Fire Department (20 Clark St., Harrington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Milford High School Football Stadium (1019 N. Walnut St., Milford) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Caesar Rodney High School (239 Old North Road, Camden) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Mt. Zion AME Church (101 N. Queen St., Dover) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hartly Fire Company (2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Bethel AME Church (229 E. Commerce St., Smyrna) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

 

Sussex County

  • Monday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Epworth UM Church (19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Monday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Middle School (307 S. Laws St., Bridgeville)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Mt. Zion AME Church (18211 Beach Highway, Ellendale)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Laurel Elementary School (815 South N. Central Ave., Laurel)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Indian River High School (29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Lord Baltimore Elementary (120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Rehoboth City Hall (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 26 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (400 Governors Ave., Greenwood) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

 

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