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Hospitalized COVID-19 patients approaching early pandemic levels

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COVID-related hospitalizations continue their steady climb, cases are expected to rise heading into the holiday season.

Current hospitalizations are now hitting levels not seen since May.

As of Sunday, 243 coronavirus patients are in the hospital. Delaware’s peak came in late April when that number hit 337.

And 33 people are in critical condition.

The average of new positive cases in the First State is also trending up. The 7 day average of new cases now stands at 488 people. And the latest 7 day average of positive tests is now at 6.3 percent.

The state also reported 2 new deaths Monday - lifting the Delaware’s death toll to 772.

Federal health officials have projected a surge in Coronavirus cases after Thanksgiving, but it’s still too early to tell how widespread any surge in cases will be in Delaware.

Gov. John Carney imposed new restrictions on public and private gatherings last week, and is urging people to get tested, especially if they plan on visiting others for the holidays.

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.
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