DOVER, Del.– The number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated with the seven-day average of 150, as of Thursday, Oct. 29.
A total of 24,751 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, 2020, including 13,074 individuals who are considered recovered. The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 increased from 6.9% as of Oct. 22, to 7.7% as of Thursday, Oct. 29.
DPH recently began publishing both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its COVID-19 data portal. As of Tuesday, Oct. 27, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 3.3%, up from 3.1% as of Oct. 20.
There is a two-day lag for presenting data related to percent of tests that are positive to account for the time delay between the date of the test and the date that DPH receives the test result.
In addition, 101 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, a decrease of five from the total as of last Friday’s update. Twenty-two of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down three from last week.
A total of 704 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 26 additional deaths since last week’s update, including nine as a result of a review of Vital Statistics records. The total number of individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranges in age from 21 to 104 years old.
Of those who have died, 362 were female and 342 were male. A total of 351 individuals were from New Castle County, 120 were from Kent County, and 233 were from Sussex County.
The Division of Public Health continues to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities throughout the state. Facilities where significant ongoing outbreaks are occurring, as of Oct. 30, 2020:
- Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington; 54 residents and 42 staff members
- Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington; 59 residents and 34 staff members
- Country Rest Home in Greenwood; 31 residents and 20 staff members
- Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington; 63 residents and 23 staff
- Newly added: Lofland Park in Seaford, 19 residents and 10 staff
*Staff members 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.
The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m. Thursday, October 29, include:
- 24,751 total positive cases
- New Castle County cases: 13,079
- Kent County cases: 3,545
- Sussex County cases: 8,036
- Unknown County: 91
- Females: 13,349; Males: 11,363; Unknown Sex: 39
- Age range: 0 to 104
- Currently hospitalized: 101; Critically ill: 22 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
- Delawareans recovered: 13,074
- 323,776 negative cases**
*Data are provisional and subject to change.
**Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.