Given the significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases and the large number of gatherings and events taking place this time of year, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is recommending that individuals get tested if they have attended a large public gathering such as a concert, community-based event, or such event where social distancing was not possible and the vaccination status of others is unknown. A list of testing locations can be found at de.gov/gettested.
The Department of Health and Social Services and the Department of Education made technical corrections to Thursday's emergency face mask regulations. The updated orders are here and the requirements remain the same as previously announced: masks must be worn by staff, visitors, and kindergarten-aged students and above inside school buildings and child care centers whenever children are present. Schools and child care centers are strongly encouraged to require masks for children ages 2-4.
Delaware Case Statistics - As of August 15, 2021
- 74.3% - Percentage of 18+ population vaccinated with at least one dose
- 250.6 - 7-day average of new positive cases
- 6.5% - 7-day average percentage of tests positive
- 83 - hospitalizations, with 19 critical
The Delta variant is the predominant strain in the country, state, and region. It spreads twice as easily as other variants from person to person. The majority of the spread is among the unvaccinated, however, data is showing that a small amount of transmission can occur among fully vaccinated people. Delaware previously was seeing an increase of only two cases per week; however, last week all variant strains were Delta.