While the number of Delaware’s new positive cases have leveled off a bit, hospitalizations are on the rise again, health officials said Tuesday.
And all eyes are on what happens in the weeks after Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Positive cases usually show up in tests from five days to two weeks after a holiday event, and nobody wants a surge of hospitalizations on top of what has happened after Thankgsiving, officials said during Gov. John Carney’s weekly COVID-19 press conference.
Currently, the state is at 427 hospitalizations, 60 of which are considered to be in critical condition.
Kent County has the highest number of hospitalizations in the state, as well as the lowest number of testing.
The number of Delaware’s positive tests have dropped down slightly since last week to 650 per day and hospitalizations fell over the Christmas weekend, but rose again this week.
Both Carney and testing czar A.J. Schall expressed the concern and hope that they don’t have a Christmas or New Year’s surge.
The state is urging people to apply the same level of caution that was expected of them for Christmas for Kwanza and New Year’s Eve, in an effort to once again flatten the curve.
Schall also unveiled a graph depicting how many people in the hospital, and the number of those that are in the hospital for COVID, or suspected of having COVID.
The graph was put together to give people a better idea of how close the hospital system is to complete capacity, he said.
Shall said hospitalization numbers across the board, for both COVID and non COVID cases, are likely to rise after Christmas because people wait until after the holidays to call for ambulances or seek help.