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Del. COVID infection rate increases slightly, with 78 more deaths; hospitalizations decrease

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) provided its weekly update regarding the most recent statistics on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delaware, as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

In all, 2,717 new cases were announced in the past week for a total of 82,263 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents, reported to DPH since March 11. That's an average of 388 new cases daily.

In addition, 247 individuals are currently hospitalized (a net decrease of 43 from last week), of whom, 23 are critically ill.

A total of 1,269 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19, with 78 additional deaths since last week's update. Total ages range from under 5 years to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 638 were female and 631 were male. A total of 610 individuals were from New Castle County, 267 were from Kent County, and 392 were from Sussex County.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently.

Additional statistics are posted online at the My Healthy Community COVID-19 data portal (https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state).

To date, the DPH has identified six confirmed cases of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.7, in Delaware through routine surveillance of test specimens. This variant is the same one that was first discovered in England in December and is also commonly referred to as the "UK variant." The cases include five adults ranging in age from 18 to 65, as well as a child under the age of 10. Four individuals were from New Castle County and two were from Kent County.

Virus mutation is common. Preliminary data suggests the UK variant, as well as Brazilian and South African variants, may spread more easily and quickly, which could lead to increased cases. Public health approach and treatments are not any different, but as this new variant may be more contagious, it is even more important that individuals remain vigilant and continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus: wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased slightly to 21.4 percent as of Thursday. (DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its online COVID-19 data portal). As of Tuesday, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 6.1 percent (a decrease from last week).

Information about testing events, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus websites:

Vaccines in Delaware:

As of Feb. 12, Delaware has administered 135,949 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. A total of 162,050 doses have been delivered to the state.

Earlier this week, the State announced events to administer second doses to individuals who received their first dose at state-sponsored events on or before Jan. 18. The second-dose appointment slots for Curative’s vaccination events from Feb. 15-19 are now full.

Individuals who attended vaccination events at Georgetown DMV (Jan. 23-24), Dover DMV (Jan. 16-18), Delaware City DMV (Jan. 22-24) or Salesianum School (Jan. 18), but who weren't able to schedule a second-dose appointment Feb. 15-19, will have the opportunity to be vaccinated at an upcoming FEMA second-dose vaccination event at Dover International Speedway. More details on this event will be provided next week. Individuals are encouraged to watch for the State’s press releases, check social media and the de.gov/seconddose web page for more information as it becomes available.

Details are on the "Vaccine Tracker" dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity. Additional information about COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available at de.gov/covidvaccine. Questions can be directed to the Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715. People who are deaf and hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211. Individuals can email their questions concerning the vaccine to Vaccine@Delaware.gov.

Long-term care statistics

Information related to positive cases and deaths among residents at long-term care facilities are reported as of Thursday evening. There have been a total of 2,217 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 653 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19 (an increase of 36 from last week).

Sussex County deaths involving residents of long-term care facilities include:

  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (21)
  • Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach (5)
  • Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (11)
  • Country Rest Home, Greenwood (15)
  • Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Delmar (2)
  • Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (41)
  • Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (46)
  • Lofland Park Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (6)
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (46)
  • Seaford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (3)
  • The Moorings at Lewes, Lewes (4)
  • WillowBrooke Court Skilled Center at Manor House, Seaford (12)
  • There have been additional deaths in Kent and New Castle facilities, as well.

COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities

The Division of Public Health will no longer report significant COVID outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the weekly report, as the outbreaks identified and monitored since September 2020 are largely under control at this time. While DPH will continue to actively monitor for clusters in long-term facilities, presenting cumulative case totals no longer provides a valuable, or accurate, representation of the active cases occurring at each facility at this particular point in time.

School-related statistics for K-12

On Tuesday, Jan. 5, the DPH launched a new online dashboard to track the number of contagious cases among staff and students of Delaware schools, and offer a more detailed picture of COVID-19 infection in school buildings (myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state/in-person-contagious).

Questions of all kinds

Anyone who is sick with any of the following symptoms should stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, congestion or runny nose without a known cause (such as allergies). Other symptoms such as abdominal pain or lack of appetite have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation by a primary care provider. Anyone who is sick should avoid going into public spaces and should ask someone else to pick up essential supplies from the grocery store or the pharmacy.

Anyone who thinks they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, is being advised to make sure to distance themselves from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions — including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment — might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

People with complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 211, or email info@delaware211.org. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

Any Delaware healthcare, long-term care, residential or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns can email DPH_PAC@delaware.gov or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 (ext. 2).

For all information on Delaware’s response, visit de.gov/coronavirus.

Download the "COVID Alert DE" tracking application for mobile devices from the Google Play store or Apple App Store.

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