Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations are the lowest they’ve been since the start of the pandemic. But the state continues to monitor breakthrough cases and the spread of variants.
State officials say about half of the most recent swath of COVID cases tested for variants in Delaware came back positive for variant strains of the virus.
The most common variant locally is the Alpha, or UK, variant with more than 900 confirmed cases to date. The CDC also recently designated the Delta, or India variant, as a variant of concern. There are 11 confirmed cases of Delta variant in Delaware.
“The variants seen circulating are a key reason to be concerned about a resurgence,” said State Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Especially among those who are unvaccinated.”
Delaware is seeing some cases emerge among those who are vaccinated.
383 breakthrough cases have been confirmed to date—less than one percent of the state’s fully vaccinated population.
18 breakthrough cases were hospitalized and four passed away, but Rattay says those hospitalizations and deaths were not necessarily caused by COVID.
Overall spread of the virus in the state is relatively low with an average of 27 new cases per day and 18 statewide hospitalizations.
Delaware plans to lift its Covid-19 State of Emergency Order July 13.