Thanks to the Delta variant, the number of new COVID-19 cases each day in Delaware has more than doubled in the last month.
On June 25, the state Division of Public Health said the average daily number of new cases had dropped to 20.6 cases a day.
On Friday, July 23, Public Health said the average of new daily cases has increased to 49.9 as of Thursday.
The state now has seen 110,638 cases of COVID-19 reported among Delaware residents since March 11, 2020.
The average for the percentage of total tests also is rising, up to 2.5% this week, an increase from 1.8% as of last week and from 1.1% on June 25.
The rises come after Gov. John Carney let his COVID-19 emergency order lapse on July 13. He asked those who are not vaccinated to wear masks.
Public Health also said Friday that 36 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, down one from last week and up from the 23 hospitalized a month ago. Four of the hospitalized are in critical condition.
One new death reported in the last week. That person was not fully vaccinated, the state said.
There is continuing good news on the vaccination front: 71.6% of those eligible for vaccines have received at least one shot, meaning 54.4% of the total population has had at least one dose of vaccine.
The Delaware Division of Public Health will be administering the Pfizer vaccine (for persons 12+) and the J&J vaccine (18+) at the Delaware State Fair. They will be in the Delaware Building, across from the M&T Grandstands from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, July 31.
For a list of places to get vaccines, 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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