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COVID hospitalizations rise heading into the holidays

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hospitalizations of COVID-19 continue to rise in the First State, while the number of new positive cases trends downward.


As of Tuesday, 454 people are hospitalized because of COVID-19, 64 of which are in critical condition.


The seven-day average of new Coronavirus cases in the state is down to 620 cases per day, from a high of nearly 827 earlier this month. The number of tests being done is also trending down. 


Since Sunday, the state recorded one more death from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll to 872.


The seven-day average of tests that are positive as of last Sunday stands at 9.5 percent, close to the high of just over 10 percent in the last three months.


State health officials urge Delawareans to avoid major holiday gatherings to avoid putting even more stress on the hospital system.


Gov. John Carney has said hospitals can’t afford another surge in COVID-19 cases on top of the current surge from the Thanksgiving holiday.

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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