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First State sees more sobering COVID numbers Sunday

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware sees new COVID cases, deaths and hospitalizations all rise again.

Public health officials reported 797 new cases Saturday. That’s second only to record 931 cases reported on Thursday. 

Delaware has added 2,582 new cases since Wednesday, 

Delaware also announced 11 more COVID-related deaths, pushing the state’s death toll to 793. 

And hospitalizations are still rising, reaching 315 with 39 people considered critical. The state’s peak was 337 back in April.

Delaware’s rolling weekly average of new cases also ticked up and is now just below 665, another new high for that measure. And the average of positive tests is now 9.5 – the highest it’s been since May 28.

The growing numbers prompted Gov. Carney to issue a new stay-at-home advisory last week. Delawareans are asked to avoid gathering indoors with anyone outside their own household between Dec. 14 and January 11.  Schools are also asked to “pause” hybrid learning during that period.  Many districts responded by going remote Monday.

Carney also instituted a universal mask mandate statewide, requiring people to wear a cloth face covering when indoors with anyone outside their immediate household.