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COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue to drop in Delaware

Betsy PriceHeadlines, Health

The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continued to decline this week in Delaware.
As of Thursday, Jan. 27, the Delaware Division of Public Health said the state has had a 57% decrease in the seven-day average of new positive cases reported since the peak of the surge on Jan. 12, 2022.
It also reported:
  • The total number of new cases since March 11, 2020 is 246,037 .
  • The 7-day average of new positive cases is 1448.9, down 683.2 from last week.
  • The 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests is 21.6%, down 6 points from last week.
  • Hospitalizations dropped to 453, down 168 from last week. Of those, 47 were critically ill, down 21 from last week.
  • COVID-19 deaths are 2,498, including 48 in the last week.
  • The percent of Delawareans who are fully vaccinated according to the Centers for Disease Control, is 66.1%.
  • 85% of Delawareans 5+ have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • 90.2%  of Delawareans 12+ have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • 92.1%  of Delawareans 18+ have received at least one vaccine dose.
  • There have been 18,698 breakthrough, or 3.2% of fully vaccinated individuals . Of those, 208 were hospitalized and there were 191 deaths.
  • Omicron variant represented 97.4% of cases sequenced the week of Jan. 7 – Jan. 13, which is the most recent data.




DMV testing closed

The Delaware City DMV testing site closed for good Thursday.

It originally planned to be open the first week of February, but as COVID-19 cases have declined, so has the demand for testing from the post Christmas peak. The site was seeing several hundred tests done per day.

Gov. John Carney announced Tuesday during his weekly COVID-19 press briefing that it w0uld close Sunday, but the approaching snow storm closed it even earlier.

A wide number of places remain to get free testing in Delaware. Find them at https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/

Flu Update

There were 12 laboratory-confirmed cases reported the week of Jan. 16 – Jan. 22.

As of Jan. 22, 2022, the most recent date for which flu statistics are available, there have been 607 laboratory-confirmed cases for the current season. The cases involved 423 individuals from New Castle County, 79 from Kent County and 105 from Sussex County.

This number reflects only the number of lab-confirmed cases; the actual number of cases circulating statewide is much higher because not all people with the flu seek treatment and most of those are not confirmed in a lab.


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