The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Delaware continued to rise in the last week, but hospitalizations dropped by a few.
The Delaware Division of Public Health said the average daily number of new cases was 380.6 in the week ending Thursday, Nov. 25.
That’s up from 329.6 the previous week and 271.9 the week before.
Public Health has said the most new cases have been occurring in the 5- to 17-year age range and suggested last week that Halloween parties might have been a root cause. The cases occurring in younger people threatens a spread in schools and the return of virtual classes.
As of Friday, Delaware has seen 152,165 cases.
In the last week, the average of total positive tests had dropped to 7.1%, down from 7.4% the week before, but still well above the 5.4% of the previous week.
As of Thursday, 159 people were hospitalized with 18 in critical condition. That’s down three hospitalizations from the previous week and well below the 179 of the week before.
The total number of COVID-19 deaths in Delaware is 2,173, with 19 added in the last week. Eight of those came from a review of vital statistics.
The number of breakthrough cases occurring in those fully vaccinated is 7,122 or 1.3% of fully vaccinated people.
Of those 125 have been hospitalized, and 92 have died.
At the same time, the percentage of Delawareans who are fully vaccinated is 60.9%. The percentage of Delawarean ages 5 and up who have received at least one dose is 75.6%; the percentage of those 12 and up have received at least one dose is 82.1% the percentage of Delawareans 18 and older who have received at least one dose is 84%.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience.
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