Delaware’s fall COVID-19 cases broke another ominous barrier Thursday when single day tally of positive cases totaled 271.
It’s the highest daily total since mid-May.
The percentage of people testing positive during the last week rose higher than 10 percent, another warning sign that the coronavirus is spreading as it gets colder and more people spend more time indoors.
The rise in cases in Delaware mirrors rises across the country and Europe, where many countries and cities are going back into lockdown to slow the spread of the virus.
A spokesman for Gov. John Carney said Friday that Carney is watching.
“The governor will consider new restrictions if that becomes necessary to reduce the spread, based on advice from public health experts,” said Jon Starkey in a text. “We know what works. Wear a mask. Socially distance. Avoid gatherings. Wash your hands frequently. The governor also will keep delivering that message.”
The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated. The seven-day average was 181.9 as of Thursday, the state Division of Public Health reported Friday. It measures cases from Friday through Thursday of the next week.
The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased from 7.7% as of Oct. 29, to 10.1% as of Thursday.
DPH now publishes both positivity rates for both persons tested and total tests conducted. As of Tuesday, Nov. 3, the seven-day average for total tests that were positive was 3.9%, up from 3.3% as of Oct. 27.
Delaware has had a total of 26,035 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents.
Also, 114 individuals are now hospitalized due to COVID-19, an increase of 13 in the last week. Twenty-seven are critically ill, up five from last week.
A total of 716 Delawareans have died from complications due to COVID-19, with another 12 deaths in the last week.
As of March 11, Delaware has had:
- 26,035 total positive cases
- New Castle County cases: 13,818
- Kent County cases: 3,717
- Sussex County cases: 8,408
- Unknown County: 92
- Females: 14,055; Males: 11,941; Unknown Sex: 39
- Age range: 0 to 104
- Currently hospitalized: 114; Critically ill: 27.
- Delawareans recovered: 13,766
- 334,846 negative cases
The state also provides aggregate numbers of positive cases in schools, beginning Sept. 1
- Child care – 35 students and 40 staff
- Private K-12 – 78 students and 40 staff
- Public K-12 – 63 students and 110 staff