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COVID hospitalizations rise again in Delaware

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Hospitalizations continue to hit new records in the First State, with 419 total hospitalizations from COVID-19 on Sunday.

 

67 of those people are in critical condition.

Despite rising hospitalizations, the number of new positive cases trended down slightly over the past two weeks. The rolling average for the last week is now at 661 cases per day, down from a high of 827 last week.

The seven-day rolling average of tests coming back positive is now at 9.2 percent as of last Friday.

State health officials also announced nine new deaths yesterday. A total of 871 Delawareans have now died of Coronavirus.

All nine had underlying health conditions, and five were residents of long-term care facilities.

The state remains under a stay-at-home advisory through January 11th. Gov. John Carney urges people to stay home during the holidays to avoid stressing the capacity of Delaware’s hospitals.

The state also continues to up it’s testing capacity. The state now performs an average of 8,300 tests per day. Over 900,000 tests total have been done in the First State.

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.