OCTOBER 16, 2020: Delaware’s most recent COVID-19 statistics reveal a muddled situation. (All data is as of 6 p.m. Thursday, October 15.)
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health, there have been a total of 22,724 positive COVID-19 cases among Delawareans since March 11, including 11,818 individuals who are considered recovered. The number of new cases remains elevated this week, with a current seven-day daily average of 127.7.
The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 decreased from 6.6% on October 8 to 5.5% yesterday (10/15).
Earlier this week, there were 116 hospitalized coronavirus patients, the highest total recorded since June 5. However, that number has since dropped to 104 patients – the same as was reported last Friday. Twenty-six of the hospitalized cases are critically ill, up five from last week. Delaware’s COVID-19 hospitalizations are less than a third of the peak reported more than five months ago.
A total of 662 Delawareans have passed away due to COVID-19 complications. Eleven additional deaths have been reported since last week's update. Even with the recent increase, almost 92% of Delaware’s coronavirus-related deaths occurred more than two months ago (August 14).
The disease continues to have a disproportionate impact on certain demographic groups. Separate studies conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the Delaware Division of Public Health indicate about 85% of COVID-19 related deaths had at least one other serious health issue that potentially contributed to the fatal outcome. In most cases, victims suffered from two or more comorbidity factors.
Age plays a large role in the level of threat posed by the virus. In Delaware, school-age children (younger than 18 years-old) comprise only 9% of cases and none of the deaths. By contrast, people over the age of 50 account for 36% of all reported COVID-19 cases, but more than 95% of all mortalities. Nearly 85% of total fatalities have been senior citizens (65+).
Residents of long-term care facilities – who are typically older citizens with underlying health conditions – have been hard hit by COVID-19. Of the state’s 662 deaths, 388 (58.6%) had been long-term care residents.
Information about testing events -- including community testing sites, permanent fixed testing sites, and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals -- can be found on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.