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Delaware passes 100,000 COVID-19 cases

The number of variant cases continue to rise, but the state only tested 92 samples last week.

 

 

Delaware blew past the 100,000 mark for 100,322 new COVID-19 cases and saw both the number of new cases and the overall percentage of tests rise in the last week.

Hospitalizations, though, held at 145, down 9 from last year. Nineteen of those are considered critically ill.

As much of the nation battles what seems to be a spring surge fueled by variants from the United Kingdom and other places, Delaware’s seven day average of new cases rose to 366 per day, and the percentage of persons testing positive for COVID rose to 26.7%. up from 23% last week. The percentage of positive tests rose to 6.4%, up from 5.4%.

The state reported 23 additional deaths, bringing Delaware’s total to 1,596.

Variant cases

While no one is sure how many variant cases there are, the cases caught by random sampling of tests rose last week, too.

The state now has 95 cases of the United Kingdom variant, and 81 cases of the New York B.1.526 variant. About 20 cases involving five other strains also have been identified. Most were found in New Castle County.

But, like flu totals, those are not the total cases in circulation. Like flu cases, only a fraction of positive tests are actually confirmed in a lab, meaning it’s likely that hundreds of the cases are circulating.

Variants are considered more infectious, but not as deadly. The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are considered effective at preventing those who are vaccinated from being infected and, if they are infected, from preventing severe cases.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 1,518 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 92 within the past week, a state press conference said. State officials said Tuesday that the percentage of variant cases rose sharply last week.

 

Vaccinations

As of Friday morning, 616,445 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Delaware.

A total of 588,120 doses have been delivered to the state, and 165,405 doses have been delivered as part of the federal provider programs going to pharmacies and places such as the Veteran’s Administration.

Testing sites week of April 19

New Castle County

  • Monday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Frawley Stadium (801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, April 20 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Wilmington University Rt. 13 (320 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, April 20 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.: University of Delaware Hollingsworth Lot (61 N. College Ave., Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, April 21 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, April 21 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: ChristianaCare Hospital, Portal 1 Parking Lot (4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, April 22 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: City of Love Church at Brandywine (2200 N. Market St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, April 22 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Delaware Park (777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, April 22 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Friday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: University of Delaware Laird Campus Lot #6 (David Hollowell Drive, Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, April 23 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Thomas Edison Charter School (Indoor Walk Up – 2200 Locust St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: University of Delaware STAR Campus (540 S College Ave. Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Bethel AME Church (604 North Walnut St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, April 24 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, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hartly Fire Co. (2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Clayton Fire Co. (300 East St., Clayton) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Caesar Rodney High School (239 Old North Road, Camden) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Slaughter Neck Community Center (22942 Slaughter Neck Road, Lincoln) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Power of Praise Ministries (14 Clark St, Harrington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

 

Sussex County

  • Monday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Epworth UM Church (19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Monday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Lord Baltimore Elementary School (120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Delaware Tech Georgetown (21179 College Drive, Georgetown) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, April 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Delmar Town Hall (12 E. State St., Delmar, Maryland) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Indian River High School (29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, April 21 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Laurel Elementary School (815 S. Central Ave., Laurel) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, April 22 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Selbyville Fire Co. (30 N. Main St., Selbyville) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, April 22 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Blades Fire Co. (200 E. 5th Street, Blades) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Ellendale Fire Department (302 Main St., Ellendale) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, April 23 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (400 Governors Ave., Greenwood) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Mt. Calvary AME Church (25206 Mt. Calvary Way, Seaford) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

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