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Delaware COVID numbers still elevated, surpassing 73,000 cases

Vaccines enter Phase 1B

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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, Jan. 21, 2021.

In all, 4,506 new cases were announced in the past week for a total of 73,233 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents, reported to DPH since March 11. That's an average of 644 new cases daily.

In addition, 420 individuals are currently hospitalized (a net decrease of 31 from last week), of whom, 59 are critically ill.

A total of 1,027 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19, with 25 additional deaths since last week's update. Total ages range from under 5 years to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 521 were female and 506 were male. A total of 519 individuals were from New Castle County, 187 were from Kent County, and 321 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 (

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased slightly to 23.8 percent as of Thursday, Jan. 21. (DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its online COVID-19 data portal). As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 9.1 percent (an increase 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:

The DPH on Wednesday successfully launched a system for individuals to request an appointment at vaccination events, as the state entered the Phase 1B stage of the vaccination plan. DPH began contacting seniors age 65+ on Thursday offering appointments for this weekend’s large vaccination events in Delaware City and Georgetown. Additional invitations were extended on Friday after the available appointments were not filled from the initial round.

The vaccination event held today in Delaware City began delivering vaccinations to those who had requested appointments through the new system. Events Saturday and Sunday in Delaware City and Georgetown are by appointment only for Delawareans ages 65 and older who made an appointment, and for Phase 1A health care personnel with appropriate documentation. The events are planned to offer vaccinations to a total of 13,500 individuals over the three days.

A total of 85,000 had requested vaccinations through the new system as of Friday afternoon. Those individuals still on the request waiting list are reminded that they must wait to receive an appointment invitation for a vaccination event listed in the Vaccine Administration Management System (VAMS). A place on the waiting list does not a secure a spot for a vaccination anywhere else such as pharmacies or medical providers that may be offering them. Even after individuals have submitted their initial request in the state’s online system, if they do get an opportunity to receive a vaccine from their medical provider, employer, or pharmacy, they are advised to take advantage of it.

As of Jan. 21, Delaware has administered 54,760 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX.

Details are on the "Vaccine Tracker" dashboard at Additional information about COVID-19 vaccine rollout is available at 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

Walgreens testing sites:

As part of its partnership with the State of Delaware to offer COVID-19 testing to Delawareans, Walgreens surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 tests conducted statewide as of Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The full list of testing locations, including Walgreens sites, with hours, and registration options are available on Delaware’s COVID-19 website at

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 2,058 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 541 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19 (an increase of 10 from last week).

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

  • Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (18)
  • Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach (5)
  • Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (11)
  • Country Rest Home, Greenwood (11)
  • Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Delmar (2)
  • Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (25)
  • Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (43)
  • Lofland Park Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (6)
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (40)
  • The Moorings at Lewes, Lewes (4)
  • WillowBrooke Court Skilled Center at Manor House, Seaford (7)
  • 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: 30 residents and 26 staff
  • Cadia Healthcare Renaissance in Millsboro: 40 residents and 23 staff
  • Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar: 42 residents and 38 staff
  • Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Lewes: 63 residents and 25 staff
  • Lofland Park in Seaford: 20 residents and 19 staff
  • Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare in Milford: 49 residents and 15 staff
  • Seaford Center Nursing Home in Seaford: 26 residents and 22 staff
  • The Moorings at Lewes in Lewes: 17 residents and 40 staff
  • WillowBrooke Court Skilled Center at Manor House in Seaford: 44 residents and 36 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 (

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: Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 211, or email 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 Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses reopen should go to Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to:

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

For all information on Delaware’s response, visit

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