Delaware's COVID-19 hospitalizations top 100 for the first time since June
Delaware Gov. John Carney said Tuesday that the state's coronavirus numbers were "not headed in the right direction."
Two days later, the number of people currently hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19 has topped 100 for the first time since June 11.
Through Wednesday, 101 people were in the hospital because of coronavirus, and new hospital admissions from Monday to Wednesday were 33, 30 and 30, respectively. About 30 people per day have been admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 over the last two weeks. Hospitalizations have almost doubled in that time frame.
The state does not provide detailed information about the demographics of those hospitalized. Recent outbreaks have occurred in long-term care facilities.
Since the state updated its death count to 642 coronavirus deaths last Friday, that number has increased to 651.
A spokesperson for the Division of Public Health said more information, including the age range and whether or not the recent deaths were tied to long-term care facilities, would be available Friday, the day the state releases a summary of the latest week's coronavirus information.
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Carney said during his weekly coronavirus press conference that the state isn't seeing "any specific outbreak" and doesn't plan to "tighten things down" as it did when forcing bars in certain zip codes along the beaches to close over the summer following a spike in cases.
The percentage of people testing positive, a key marker for health officials, is at 6.8% over the last seven days, while the state has reported an average of 130.3 cases per day during that same timeframe. Health officials have said in the past that anything over 5% is concerning.
People in the age groups of 18 to 49 appear to be leading the uptick in cases. But since the state does not provide detailed information about current hospitalizations, it's unclear if the uptick in those needing hospital care is more tied to the nursing home outbreaks.
The state, as part of its contact tracing efforts, recently started including information on its COVID-19 data dashboard about where recent positive cases reported being prior to the onset of symptoms or date of their positive test.
Restaurants, gyms, house parties and weddings were among the most attended events and venues.
Reporter Sarah Gamard contributed to this story.
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