Among the concerns is an outbreak in Delaware’s long term care facilities where over 1,374 positive cases already exist.
DOVER (DE): Delaware officials are concerned as the daily positive covid-19 case counts continue to increase as well as hospitalizations. Health officials say Hospitalizations has increased by 25% since they last reported Delaware’s covid-19 statistics last Friday.
The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated with a seven-day average of 131.1, as of Thursday.
Officials are also concerned about hospitalizations which seems to be on their latest watchlist. Health officials say 104 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 compared to last Friday’s report of 83. That represents a 25% increase in hospitalizations throughout Delaware. 21 of the hospitalizations are critically ill, up five from last week.
To date, a total of 651 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 9 additional deaths since last week’s update, including two as a result of a review of Vital Statistics records.
Among the concerns are an outbreak in Delaware’s long term care facilities. There are already over 1,374 positive cases and officials last week raised concerns of a new outbreak that has been occurring at three of the facilities since October 1, 2020.
And since the schools have started in-person classes, there have been a total of 57 students and 66 staff members who have tested positive for covid-19.
Five other states, Arizona, California, Florida, Mississippi and Texas have also reported daily increases and deaths in the past week. Previously, death rates had remained steady even as case numbers rose in those states.
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Information about testing events, including community testing sites, permanent fixed 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 website at: coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.
Individuals who have 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 re-open should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.
Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.
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In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: DPH_PAC@delaware.gov or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.