While the number of Delaware’s COVID-19 cases are continue to rise, they did not rise as sharply in the past week as they had in previous ones.
The state also said Friday that about 30 percent of long-term care facility residents who are diagnosed with COVID-19 die from it. That’s 388 residents out of 1,387 cases.
The Delaware Division of Public Health weekly report said that the seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 decreased from 6.6% as of Oct. 8, to 5.5% as of Thursday, Oct. 15. The state would like that to be under 3 percent.
It said the number of hospitalizations remains at 104, with 26 people critically ill, up five from last week.
The state reported 11 additional deaths since last week’s update. Of those who have died, 347 were female and 315 were male; 330 people were from New Castle County, 119 from Kent County, and 213 from Sussex County.
The Division of Public Health also said that 22 students and 19 staff members in child care facilities have tested positive between Sept. 1 and Oct. 15. In the same time period, 43 students and 17 staff members in private K-12 schools and 17 students and 62 staff members in public schools also did. The state reports the total number in aggregate and does not break the stats down into weekly slices.
Additional information on COVID-19 cases and deaths can be found on the state’s My Healthy Community data portal at de.gov/healthycommunity.