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Delaware approaches 80,000 COVID cases as infection rate slows

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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. 5, 2021.

In all, 2,611 new cases were announced in the past week for a total of 79,546 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents, reported to DPH since March 11. That's an average of 373 new cases daily.

In addition, 290 individuals are currently hospitalized (a net decrease of 100 from last week), of whom, 46 are critically ill.

A total of 1,191 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19, with 96 additional deaths since last week's update and 17 more after a review of vital statistics records. Total ages range from under 5 years to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 601 were female and 590 were male. A total of 566 individuals were from New Castle County, 249 were from Kent County, and 376 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). Also, for those keeping an eye on the daily statistics, the state reported 54 additional death on Friday, Feb. 5, most of which occurred in December and January, but had not been reported previously.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 decreased slightly to 20.8 percent as of Thursday, Feb. 4. (DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its online COVID-19 data portal). As of Tuesday, Feb. 2, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 6.9 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. 5, Delaware has administered 117,662 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX.

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.

Scam alert

DPH is making the public aware that of a potential phone scam regarding distribution of COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware. Individuals have reported receiving calls claiming to be from the State of Delaware offering a COVID-19 vaccine for a cost of $75. As a reminder, the vaccine is free and there are no out-of-pocket costs associated with receiving the vaccine. Anyone trying 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.

Stay safe on Super Bowl Sunday

Unfortunately, this is not the year to host or attend a Super Bowl Party or other large gathering due to ongoing risks of COVID-19 transmission, said DPH. As a reminder, social distancing and gathering limits are still in effect in Delaware. Instead, DPH and the CDC recommend hosting a virtual watch party with friends and family.

The CDC offers the following tips for hosting a virtual Super Bowl watch party:

  • Wear clothing or decorate your home with your favorite team’s logo or colors.
  • Make appetizers or snacks with the people you live with to enjoy while watching the game and share the recipes with your friends and family virtually.
  • Start a text group with other fans to chat about the game or commercials while watching.

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 2,165 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 609 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 (36)
  • Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (44)
  • Lofland Park Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (6)
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (42)
  • The Moorings at Lewes, Lewes (4)
  • Seaford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (3)
  • WillowBrooke Court Skilled Center at Manor House, Seaford (11)
  • There have been additional deaths in Kent and New Castle facilities, as well.

COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities

The DPH continues to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities. The following Sussex County facilities have experienced significant outbreaks at some point since Sept. 25 2020:

  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation & Health Center in Millsboro: 36 residents and 32 staff
  • Cadia Healthcare Renaissance in Millsboro: 48 residents and 31 staff
  • Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar: 45 residents and 42 staff
  • Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes: 69 residents and 34 staff
  • Lofland Park in Seaford: 20 residents and 20 staff
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare in Milford: 49 residents and 15 staff
  • Seaford Center Nursing Home in Seaford: 36 residents and 30 staff
  • The Moorings at Lewes in Lewes: 17 residents and 41 staff
  • WillowBrooke Court Skilled Center at Manor House in Seaford: 46 residents and 37 staff
  • There have been additional outbreaks at Kent and New Castle facilities, as well.

("Staff" may include health care and non-health care personnel, such as facility vendors or other individuals working in the long-term care facility who may not be full-time facility employees.)

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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