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Drop in COVID-19 cases, federal money means changes in Delaware

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

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As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Delaware, the state is shifting its weekly stats update to monthly.

The next one will come out April 22.

The Friday announcement also said the federal program that reimbursed providers for testing and vaccinating uninsured people will stop at 11:59 p.m. April 5. That means some providers may stop providing those services for the uninsured.

But the state Division of Public Health stressed in a press release that free testing and vaccinations are still available  a Public Health clinics. Testing site locations can be found at de.gov/gettested and vaccination sites at  de.gov/getmyvaccine. 

The state also announced it will close four standing vaccine sites set up to accommodate large numbers of individuals who wanted to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines will still be available at Public Health clinics. After March 31, they will no longer be available at the Blue Hen Corporate Center in Dover; Georgetown in Georgetown; Canby Park in Wilmington; or University Plaza in Newark.

Testing being done at those sites by Curative also is in the process of moving to other locations. 

As of Thursday night, Delaware’s numbers said:

  • The state has seen 259,185 positive cases since March 11, 2020
  • The 7-day average of new positive cases is 63, down 0.1 from last week and down thousands from January.
  • The 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests is 3.2%, down 0.3 percentage points from last week.
  • Hospitalizations fell to 35, down of 11 from last week, with only two people considered critically ill, down three from last week. 
  • 2,837 Delawareans have died from COVID-19.
  • 4 more deaths were added last week, with another 21 coming from a review of vital statistics.
  • 1,707,244 doses of vaccine have been administered in Delaware.
  • 72.3% of Delawareans 5+ are fully vaccinated 
  • 76.5% of Delawareans 12+ are fully vaccinated
  • 78% of Delawareans 18+ are fully vaccinated
  • 68.2% of Delawareans are fully vaccinated

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