Weekly COVID-19 Update – April 30, 2021: Average New Daily Cases on the Decline; Hospitalizations, Deaths Level

DOVER (April 30, 2021) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing an update on the most recent statistics related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delaware, as of 6 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 2021.

A total of 104,405 positive cases of COVID-19 among Delaware residents have been reported to DPH since March 11, 2020. The seven-day average of new positive cases decreased to 257.6 as of Thursday, April 29.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, April 29, was 21.2%, a decrease from 24.4% as of Thursday, April 22. DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its COVID-19 data portal. As of Tuesday, April 27, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 5.6%, a slight decrease from 5.7% as of Tuesday, April 20. There is a two-day lag for presenting data related to percent of tests that are positive to account for the time delay between the date of the test and the date that DPH receives the test result.

In addition, 166 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, down two from this time last week. Fifteen of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down six from last week.

A total of 1,625 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 16 additional deaths since last week’s update, which includes six from a review of vital statistics records. The total number of individuals who have died from COVID-19 range in age from younger than 5 to 104 years old. Of those who have died, 814 were female and 811 were male. A total of 808 individuals were from New Castle County, 334 were from Kent County, and 483 were from Sussex County.

Update on COVID-19 Variant Cases in Delaware:

To date, the Division of Public Health has identified the following COVID-19 variants in Delaware through routine surveillance of test specimens. These variants are based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) list of Variants of Concern and Variants of Interest.

Variants of Concern   Variants of Interest
Variant Origin # of Cases Variant Origin # of Cases
B.1.1.7 United Kingdom 300 B.1.525 New York, US 2
B.1.351 South Africa 1 B.1.526 New York, US 166
B.1.427 California, US 9
B.1.526.1 New York, US 11
B.1.429 California, US 11  
P.1 Brazil 11  

In aggregate, the cases include 440 adults ranging in age from 18-98, as well as 71 individuals under the age of 18. A total of 382 individuals were from New Castle County, 84 were from Kent County and 45 were from Sussex County.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 1,821 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 183 within the past week.

Virus mutation is common. Public health approach and treatments are currently not any different, but as these variants may be more contagious, it is even more important that individuals remain vigilant and continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus – wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings.

For more information regarding CDC variant classifications, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/variant-surveillance/variant-info.html.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

Walk-in/drive-up COVID-19 vaccination opportunities will be offered this weekend (May 1-May 2) at three locations. Vaccinations will be available without an appointment at these locations, however registering for your shot will guarantee there will be a vaccine for you upon arrival.

• Saturday, May 1 at Dover International Speedway
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer
Register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/delawaremay1vaccination

• Saturday, May 1 at Howard High School of Technology
8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Register: wagsoutreach.com/ss/HOW947561 (This event is being coordinated and scheduled by Walgreens)

• Sunday, May 2 at Wilmington Chase Center
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Johnson & Johnson
Register: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/delawaremay2vaccination

In addition, new walk-up clinics are now offered at five of public health clinics for those interested in getting a COVID-19 vaccination. The clinics, which started this week, are offering the Pfizer vaccine. No appointment is necessary. The clinics are open to any individual 16 years or older. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently FDA-approved to served individuals under the age of 18. The clinics are located in Dover, Georgetown, Milford, Seaford, and Wilmington, are handicap-accessible and are located within walking distance of DART routes. Walk-in hours are 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., and 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Details, including specific locations, can be found at de.gov/getmyvaccine.

As of 12:01 a.m. April 30, a total of 747,571 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. A total of 687,420 doses have been delivered to the state, and 239,135 doses have been delivered as part of the federal provider programs.

More than 407,500 Delaware residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing nearly 53% of the currently eligible population in the state. More than 294,500 have been fully vaccinated, representing nearly 38% of the currently eligible population.

Delaware’s latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccination rollout in Delaware, visit de.gov/covidvaccine.

Long-term Care Statistics:
As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 29, there have been a total of 2,719 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 746 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

The locations and number of deaths involving residents of long-term care facilities are:

Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (25)
Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (23)
Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (37)
Brandywine Living at Seaside Pointe, Rehoboth Beach (5)
Brookdale Dover, Dover (15)
Cadia Healthcare Broadmeadow, Middletown (17)
Cadia Healthcare Capitol, Dover (22)
Cadia Healthcare Renaissance, Millsboro (14)
Cadia Healthcare North Wilmington/Silverside, Wilmington (33)
Cadia Healthcare Pike Creek, Pike Creek (3)
Churchman Village, Newark (22)
Country Rest Home, Greenwood (17)
Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (15)
Delmar Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Delmar (2)
Dover Place, Dover (7)
Foulk Manor South, Wilmington (15)
Forwood Manor, Wilmington (10)
Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)
HarborChase of Wilmington, Wilmington (4)
Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (46)
Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (48)
Hillside Center, Wilmington (9)
Ingleside Assisted Living, Wilmington (4)
Kentmere Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Wilmington (9)
Kutz Senior Living, Wilmington (10)
Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)
Lofland Park Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (6)
ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (20)
ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (29)
Methodist Country House, Wilmington (4)
Millcroft, Newark (3)
Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (52)
New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (12)
Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark (11)
Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (26)
Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (40)
Regal Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Hockessin (16)
Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (9)
Seaford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Seaford (4)
Shipley Manor, Wilmington (12)
Silver Lake Center, Genesis Healthcare, Dover (3)
Somerford House and Place, Newark (6)
State Street Assisted Living, Dover (4)
Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (4)
Sunrise Assisted Living, Wilmington (2)
The Center at Eden Hill, Dover (9)
The Moorings at Lewes, Lewes (4)
Westminster Village, Dover (23)
WillowBrooke Court Skilled Center at Manor House, Seaford (13)
WillowBrooke Court at Cokesbury Village, Hockessin (4)
Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each facility)
One other Sussex County long-term care facility (1 death at this facility)

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or headache or congestion or runny nose without a known cause such as allergies. Other symptoms such as abdominal pain or lack of appetite have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation by a primary care provider. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

DPH reminds Delawareans that if you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Information about testing events, including community testing sites, permanent fixed testing sites, and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, will be listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at de.gov/gettested.

Delawareans 18 or older are encouraged to download COVID Alert DE, Delaware’s free exposure notification app to help protect your neighbors while ensuring your privacy. Download on the App Store or Google Play.

Individuals with general questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email delaware211@uwde.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business re-openings or operations as businesses re-open should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.

As a reminder, DPH recently announced it has created a pathway for the public to submit complaints if they believe a COVID-19 vaccination provider is violating vaccination requirements. Those complaints can be directed to HSPContact@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.