Delaware COVID-19 cases drift up a bit; vaccines up, too

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Health



The state’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard for Wednesday.


Delaware’s COVID-19 numbers have crept up slightly in the last 10 days.

Tuesday’s state dashboard said the state is now averaging 27 new cases per day over the last week with a testing rate of 1.5%.

That’s up from an average daily case rate of 14.1 the week of June 19-25, when the percentage of positive tests was 1%.

There are 26 hospitalizations (four critical), down from Friday’s 31 hospitalizations.

At the same time,  70.5% of those eligible for vaccines have received at least one dose of vaccine and 53.3% of the total population has had at least one shot.

As of Wednesday, the state has seen 109,900 cases of COVID-19, and 1,1,019,054 doses of the vaccine administered in Delaware.

On Friday, the state said that that the Delta variant of COVID-19 was not making a lot of inroads in Delaware, with only 15 cases confirmed, although it’s spreading rapidly in some states that have large unvaccinated areas. That variant originated in India and is said to spread more easily and be more dangerous than other form.

To determine spread, the Delaware Public Health Laboratory routinely tests some specimens of positive results. Last week it tested 41. In total, it’s tested 3,230.

Nationally, health officials are starting to watch out for the Lambda variant, which originates from South America and has been the majority of cases in Peru.

 The two most common variants in Delaware are the UK Alpha one, with 947 cases, and the New York Iota strain with 316 cases.

The Delaware Division of Public Health also said Friday that there have been 405 breakthrough cases in people who have been vaccinated, less than one-tenth of 1%. Five of those people have died from it, although not necessarily from COVID-19.

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