Delaware is recording 473 new cases of COVID-19 each day, based on a seven-day average ending Thursday, the Delaware Division of Public Health said Friday.
Even so, the percentage of people who tested positive over seven days actually dropped to 13.7% from 15.1% as tens of thousands of Delawareans were tested in the last two weeks as Thanksgiving approached.
The state also said that the percentage of positive tests stayed steady at 5.8 percent.
A total of 34,170 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11.
As of Friday, 187 people are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, an increase of 17 from the week before, and 31 are critically ill.
Delaware and national public health officials fear a huge rise in the number of COVID-19 tests in the wake of Thanksgiving travel and feasts. Some areas of the country already are experiencing overwhelmed hospitals and health care resources.
To help avoid stressing the system, the Division of Public Health recommends only eating at home or in restaurants with those who live with you, and not spending time socially with people outside your household.
The state says 763 Delawareans have died from complications from COVID-19, 17 more than last week, four as a result of a review of death records.
More ways to be tested
All Walgreens Pharmacy testing sites have moved to a reservation-based system beginning Friday. To reserve an appointment, go to www.picktime.com/DECOVID19test.
Testing sites will remain accessible through the pharmacy drive-thru except the Lancaster Pike location in Wilmington, which remains an indoor site. The sites will not accept walk-up tests, and will close for 30 minutes daily to allow a staff lunch break.
In addition, Walgreens will add five new sites across the state beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1.
- 4465 Summit Bridge Road, Middletown, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday
- 17248 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Sunday
- 2 College Park Lane, Georgetown, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday
- 38627 Benro Drive No. 1, Delmar, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday
- 32979 Coastal Highway, Bethany Beach, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday
These new sites are in addition to nine testing sites operated by Walgreens, as well as 11 other permanent testing sites – five State Service Center sites and six Public Health clinics – available throughout the state.
Pop-up community testing sites continue to be offered each week. The full list of testing locations, hours and registration options are available on Delaware’s COVID-19 website at de.gov/gettested.