Deaths and share of optimistic instances continued to rise in the course of the week

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The number of deaths from coronavirus grew by eight during the past week, according to the Friday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.

A total of 704 Delawareans died due to complications from Covid-19. The state reported 26 additional deaths since last week’s update, including nine tht came out of a review of Vital Statistics records.

The reviews are recommended in federal Covid-19 guidelines

The individuals who have died ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 362 were female and 342 were male. A total of 351 were from New Castle County, 120 were from Kent County, and 233 were from Sussex County.

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 number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated with the seven-day average of 150, as of Thursday.

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 number of new daily cases each day this week has remained elevated with the seven-day average of 150, as of Thursday, Oct. 29. That is well above the 90 to 100 cases reported during much of the summer.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for Covid-19 increased from 6.9 percent as of Oct. 22, to 7.7 percent as of Thursday, Oct. 29.

State health officials have not reported any outbreaks of Covid-19, but took note of the areas in the map below, mainly in western Sussex County, with elevated levels of positive cases. Testing is generally stepped up in such areas.

Delaware is now doing about 20,000 tests a week.

DPH is now 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 percent, up from 3.1 percent as of Oct. 20.

The percentage of total positive tests takes into account individuals who are tested more than once.

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.

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