Delaware’s COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations continue to rapidly rise with more than 354 new cases a day, as of Thursday.
The previous Thursday, it was 303 per day, according to a press release from the Division of Public Health.
In the last week, the state also reported 210 hospitalizations, up 45 from last week, and 24 deaths. Some of the deaths came from a review of vital records, the press release said.
Of the new cases, 77% were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, and 62% of the deaths were, according to the state. It does not differentiate between unvaccinated and those who have only had one of a two-shot vaccine such as Pfizer or Moderna.
All that brings the the number of COVID cases reported in Delaware to 118,544.
At the same time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state’s vaccination rates are creeping up, following a national trend.
In the First State, 75.6% of Delawareans ages 18+ have received at least one dose of the vaccine and 554,201 Delawareans 12 and up have received at least one dose of vaccine. That translates into 492,758 Delawareans being fully vaccinated by the end of the week.
The number of breakthrough cases also continues to creep up with 1,544 people who were fully vaccinated getting COVID-19. That is about three-tenths of 1% percent of vaccinated individuals, and the press release says that means breakthrough cases are extremely rare.
Of those breakthrough cases, 43 required hospitalizations and 21 died.
For a state list of vaccination sites, go to de.gov/getmyvaccine.
Betsy Price is a Wilmington freelance writer who has 40 years of experience, including 15 at The News Journal in Delaware.
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