Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct 8, 2021: Cumulative COVID-19 Death Count Nears 2,000

DOVER (OCT. 8, 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, Oct. 7, 2021.   


  • Total positive cases since March 11, 2020: 136,682
  • 7-day average of new positive cases: 450.9, an increase from 444.6 last week
  • 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests: 7.8%, an increase from 7.5 last week
  • Hospitalizations: 234, an increase of nine from last weekCritically ill: 32, a decrease of three from last week 
  • Total COVID-19 deaths:1,997
  • Total COVID-19 deaths since last week: 43, including 19 from a review of vital statistic records.


COVID-19 Vaccinations (as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8):   

  • Total number of doses administered in Delaware: 1,199,379
  • Delawareans 12+ who have received at least one dose: 582,650 / 70.7%
  • Delawareans 18+ who received at least once dose: 543,471
  • Delawareans who are fully vaccinated: 547,406


Delawareans who are fully vaccinated have significant protection from COVID-19 infection, serious illness and death. All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine. Delaware’s latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity  



COVID-19 Case Vaccination Status Report:  

The following report captures a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame for Sept. 27 – Oct. 3. The report highlights the significant percentage of cases and hospitalized individuals in Delaware who are unvaccinated, or only partially vaccinated.

Weekly Overview
(9/27 -10/3)

Unvaccinated Cases

Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases


Total Cases


Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases



Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases


Total Hospitalized Cases


Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases



Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths


Total COVID-19 Deaths


Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths


Breakthrough Cases (cumulative since vaccinations began): 

  • Fully vaccinated Delawareans: 547,406
  • Total breakthrough cases: 4,192 or 8/10 of 1% of vaccinated individuals
  • Total breakthrough hospitalizations: 79
  • Total breakthrough deaths: 54


A breakthrough case is defined as testing positive for COVID-19 after an individual has been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more – although it does not mean that the infection occurred after vaccination. 


COVID-19 Variant Cases in Delaware:  

In the last week, 631 test samples were sequenced through routine surveillance of test specimens. Of those test samples, 397 (62.9%) sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were three additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. Out of the 400 variant positive samples, all but two were identified as the Delta strain; one Mu variant and one Gamma variant.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated the classifications of known COVID-19 variants. Currently, the Delta variant is the only variant being monitored by the CDC as a “variant of concern” and no other variants are currently classified as “variants of interest.” For more information regarding CDC variant classifications, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-updates/variant-surveillance/variant-info.html 


Long-term Care Statistics: 

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, there have been a total of 2,900 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 847 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.   



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:  


Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.   

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   


Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.     


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  


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