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The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Delaware continue to decline, mirroring a national trend.

Even so, the state and others will offer more than 30 free pop-up testing sites next week, with events in all three counties.

The number of COVID-related deaths rose last week to 1,191 with the addition of 113 additional cases, about half from a review of death certificates.

Delaware is nearing 79,546 positive cases, but the seven day average for the percentage of people who tested positive was 20.8%, down from 22.1% last week. The seven-day average for the percentage of total tests being positive was 6.9 percent, down from 7.4 percent last week.

A total of 79,546 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, 2020. The seven-day average of new positive cases decreased to 379 as of Thursday, Feb. 4.

In addition, 290 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, which is a decrease of 30 as of this time last week. Forty of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down 6 from last week.

 

Where  vaccines stand

A total of 117,662 vaccines have been administered, according to the state tracking system. The state will continue having vaccine events, but many other groups, including pharmacies and hospitals are also going to be delivering the shots.

Nationally, President Joe Biden used a defense powers act to help Pfizer and Moderna get the equipment they need to speed up vaccine production. He also called up 1,100 National Guard members to help give vaccine in some federal vaccine centers. And the NFL offered all of its stadiums to help vaccinate people.

Public health officials around the country want to get as many people as possible vaccinated to save lives, to fully reopen the economy and to protect people as more infectious strains of COVID-19 have begun circulating.

This week, Gov. John Carney modified his COVID-19 emergency order to say that those giving the vaccine must report within 24 hours who got it, including ethnicity. That’s partly because a review of the vaccine already delivered showed only about 7 percent went to minorities. He also forbid pharmacies and others from charged for the shots, but said they could collect insurance information.

A list of pharmacies and medical providers accepting public requests for vaccination is available at de.gov/covidvaccine. Questions can be directed to the Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715.

 

Scam warning

The Delaware Division of Public Health is warning the public about a potential phone scam regarding distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware.

People have reported receiving calls claiming to be from the State of Delaware offering a COVID-19 vaccine for $75.

The vaccine is free and there are no out-of-pocket costs associated with receiving the vaccine, DPH warned. The public should be advised that anyone calling to offer COVID-19 vaccination for money is not legitimate.

If you receive such a call, please report it to the Delaware Department of Justice’s Fraud and Consumer Protection Unit at 302-577-8600.

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Public Health also warns people not to gather for Super Bowl parties or other large gatherings, especially as the holiday peak is finally declining.

 

Where to be tested

New Castle County

  • Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Frawley Stadium (801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Warner Elementary School (801 W. 18th St., Wilmington)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Wilmington University Rt. 13 (320 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hockessin United Methodist Church (7250 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Middletown High School (120 Silver Lake Rpad, Middletown)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 from noon – 4 p.m.: ChristianaCare Hospital, Portal Parking Lot (4755 Ogletown Staton Road, Newark)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. – noon and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Wilmington University Athletic Complex (1365 Pulaski Highway, Newark)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: St. Paul UAME Church (3114 N. Market St., Wilmington)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Friday, Feb. 12 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Thomas Edison Charter School (Indoor walk up only – 2200 Locust St., Wilmington)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: University of Delaware Laird Campus Lot #6 (David Hollowell Drive, Newark)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 12 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: University of Delaware STAR Campus (540 S. College Ave., Newark)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187

 

Kent County

  • Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Clayton Fire Co. (300 East St., Clayton) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Holy Trinity UAME Church on New Street (101 S. New St., Dover) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Caesar Rodney High School (239 Old North Road, Camden) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Whatcoat UMC Dover (341 Saulsbury Road, Dover) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Mt. Enon Baptist Church (600 N. Church St., Milford) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: New Beginnings AME (216 Market St., Frederica) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

Sussex County

  • Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Epworth UM Church (19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach)  Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Monday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Middle School (307 S Laws St., Bridgeville) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Ellendale Fire Department (302 Main St., Ellendale) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Laurel Elementary School (815 South, N. Central Ave, Laurel) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Lord Baltimore Elementary (120 Atlantic Ave. Ocean View) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Lord Baltimore Elementary (120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, Feb. 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Indian River High School (29772 Armory Road, Dagsboro) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Rehoboth City Hall (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, Feb. 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Woodbridge Early Childhood Education Center (400 Governors Ave., Greenwood) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Delaware Gospel Assembly (16526 Seashore Highway, Georgetown) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Blades Fire Company (200 E. 5th St., Blades) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

 

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