Delaware announced 192 more cases of coronavirus on Friday, continuing the trend of relatively large daily increases compared to two weeks ago heading into the Fourth of July weekend.
Of those, 159 were positive cases on Thursday while 33 were from test results reported in previous days, state officials said Friday.
The state also reported two more deaths due to the virus on Friday, bringing total deaths in Delaware from coronavirus complications to 512.
Delaware sees an increase in new cases compared to the proportion of new cases two weeks ago. The state reported an average of 56 new cases daily as of 18. That average has gone up to 127 as of Thursday, according to government data.
The state reported 221 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase since May.
State health officials consider the percentage of positive cases and the number of hospitalizations to be important indicators of COVID-19’s spread. At a press conference this week, Dr. Karyl Rattay, head of the Department of Public Health, slightly over 5% of positive cases are considered a “red flag.”
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As of Thursday, this figure was 6%, according to government data.
The state has reported 11,923 total cases as of Friday.
While the daily number of new cases is rising, hospital admissions are closing according to government figures.
The number of people fighting the virus at the hospital decreased by 10 in the figures reported Friday. Currently, 57 people are hospitalized because of COVID-19 in Delaware, 13 of whom are considered critically ill, according to the state.
All this comes before the celebration of the weekend, one of the busiest for Delaware’s beach communities.
Since June 21, the state has had a significant increase in cases in the Rehoboth-Dewey Beach zip code. Many of these cases apply to youth and beach residents, according to the state.
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Other states have closed their beaches before the weekend, but Delaware’s remains open. Governor John Carney ordered bar service in East Sussex closed before the lively weekend.
Some seaside resorts require masks within their borders and on their beaches.
Contact Xerxes Wilson at (302) 324-2787 or xwilson @ delawareon
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