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Cases Continue to Decline; DPH Provides Updates on Testing Coverage and Encourages Getting Boosters Now

Division of Public Health | Date Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2022


Cases Continue To Decline; DPH Provides Updates On Testing Coverage And Encourages Getting Boosters Now

DOVER, DE (March 18, 2022) – The Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing an update on COVID-19 statistics in Delaware, as of Thursday, March 17, 2022:  

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations:

  • Total positive cases since March 11, 2020: 258,513
  • 7-day average of new positive cases: 63.1, a decrease of 16.9 average new positive cases from last week.
  • 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests: 2.9%, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from last week.
  • Hospitalizations: 46, a decrease of 8 from last week; critically ill: 5, an increase of 1 critically ill case from last week.
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,812
  • Total COVID-19 deaths reported since last week: 5, with another 54 coming from a review of Vital Statistics

COVID-19 Vaccinations:  

  • Total number of doses administered in Delaware: 1,702,887
  • Percentage of Delawareans 5+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 72.1%
  • Percentage of Delawareans 12+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 76.4%
  • Percentage of Delawareans 18+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 77.9%
  • Percent of Delawareans who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 68.1%

All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. For a location near you, 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 reports capture a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame for March 7 – March 13, 2022.  Going forward, DPH will report out only breakdowns for non-boosted cases (which includes the number of cases not fully vaccinated as well), as that is a stronger indicator of vaccine effectiveness in preventing infection, hospitalizations and death.   

Weekly Overview(3/7/22 – 3/13/22)

Non-boosted Cases

Total Non-boosted Cases

377

Total Cases

497

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

76%

Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

Total Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

23

Total Hospitalized Cases

33

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

70%

Non-boosted Deaths

Total Non-boosted Deaths

5

Total COVID-19 Deaths

6

Percent of Non-boosted Deaths

83%

 

DPH says Boosted is Better

DPH) is encouraging everyone who is eligible for a booster, but has not yet gotten one to do so. According to the My Healthy Community Vaccine Tracker, while 68.2% of those 65+ have received a booster/additional dose, only one-third (35.7%) of Delaware’s eligible population as a whole has.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study showing that receiving 2 or 3 doses of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was associated with a 90% reduction in risk in needing to be placed on a ventilator or dying.  During Omicron, the risk for those who received a booster dose was reduced to 94%. This data supports a growing body of evidence showing:

  • Those who are boosted are much less likely to test positive than even the those who had received just two doses (JAMA, 2022).
  • People who were unvaccinated against COVID-19 as the Omicron variant emerged in December had five times higher risk of COVID-19 infections than adults who had received a booster (CDC, 2022).
  • Unvaccinated persons are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are boosted (CDC Data: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#covidnet-hospitalizations-vaccination

DPH says now, while cases are low, is the best time to get your booster so that you are prepared in the event of a surprise COVID-19 surge. Additionally, with the upcoming Spring Break and reports of recent COVID-19 surges in Western Europe, South Korea and China, DPH reminds Delawareans that receiving a booster will decrease the chances of citizens bringing the deadly virus back from vacation spots. Spring Break often includes congregating in large groups and increases the chance for a person to contract COVID-19 and then return home to a loved one who may suffer from underlying conditions. Underlying conditions makes people more susceptible to COVID-19.

For more information concerning booster-doses, visit our website at de.gov/boosters

Those who are eligible for a booster are recommended to seek one at existing vaccine sites including pharmacies, health care providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (for patients), and the following standing DPH Vaccine sites:

  • Blue Hen Corporate Center: 655 S. Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901
  • Georgetown Plaza: 19 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Canby Park: 1920 Maryland Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805
  • University Plaza, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19702

DPH will discontinue services at the DPH Standing Vaccine Sites after March 31. Individuals can still get vaccinated at DPH clinics, updates on new locations for Curative testing will be provided as details become available.  

Changes in Federal Program May Impact Testing for Uninsured

Changes at the federal level set to take effect Monday, March 21, may result in some COVID-19 testing providers deciding to no longer offer free testing to uninsured individuals.  Those without insurance can still access free testing at Division of Public Health clinics. Those who have insurance are encouraged to seek testing at locations outside of DPH.  For a list of testing locations statewide visit de.gov/gettested. You are encouraged to contact the testing site to verify insurance requirements.

Long-term Care Statistics:  

As of Thursday, March 17, there have been a total of 3,642 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 926 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.  

Flu Update: 

DPH reminds the public that flu season is not over.  There were 64 laboratory-confirmed cases reported the week of March 6-March 13. As of March 13, 2022, the most recent date for which flu statistics are available, there have been 797 laboratory-confirmed cases for the current season. The cases involved 488 individuals from New Castle County, 113 from Kent County and 196 from Sussex County. This number reflects only the number of lab-confirmed cases; the actual number of cases circulating statewide is likely higher as not all people with the flu seek treatment, and many cases are diagnosed through rapid test kits in a provider’s office versus a lab. There may be technical discrepancies of reporting numbers week to week due to retroactive reporting of cases.

All individuals 6 months and older may still get vaccinated against the flu if they haven’t already. Flu vaccines are available at pharmacies (including those in grocery stores), participating medical provider offices, Federally Qualified Health Centers (for their patients), as well as Division of Public Health clinics. DPH is also advising the public that the flu vaccine can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.  

For the latest information on the flu in Delaware, visit flu.delaware.gov. 

Resources:  

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.    

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Anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind or speech disabled can contact DPH by dialing 711 first using specialized devices (i.e., TTY, TeleBraille, voice devices). The 711 service is free and to learn more about how it works, please visit delawarerelay.com. 

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

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Cases Continue to Decline; DPH Provides Updates on Testing Coverage and Encourages Getting Boosters Now

Division of Public Health | Date Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2022


Cases Continue To Decline; DPH Provides Updates On Testing Coverage And Encourages Getting Boosters Now

DOVER, DE (March 18, 2022) – The Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing an update on COVID-19 statistics in Delaware, as of Thursday, March 17, 2022:  

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations:

  • Total positive cases since March 11, 2020: 258,513
  • 7-day average of new positive cases: 63.1, a decrease of 16.9 average new positive cases from last week.
  • 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests: 2.9%, a decrease of 0.4 percentage points from last week.
  • Hospitalizations: 46, a decrease of 8 from last week; critically ill: 5, an increase of 1 critically ill case from last week.
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,812
  • Total COVID-19 deaths reported since last week: 5, with another 54 coming from a review of Vital Statistics

COVID-19 Vaccinations:  

  • Total number of doses administered in Delaware: 1,702,887
  • Percentage of Delawareans 5+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 72.1%
  • Percentage of Delawareans 12+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 76.4%
  • Percentage of Delawareans 18+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 77.9%
  • Percent of Delawareans who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 68.1%

All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. For a location near you, 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 reports capture a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame for March 7 – March 13, 2022.  Going forward, DPH will report out only breakdowns for non-boosted cases (which includes the number of cases not fully vaccinated as well), as that is a stronger indicator of vaccine effectiveness in preventing infection, hospitalizations and death.   

Weekly Overview(3/7/22 – 3/13/22)

Non-boosted Cases

Total Non-boosted Cases

377

Total Cases

497

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

76%

Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

Total Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

23

Total Hospitalized Cases

33

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

70%

Non-boosted Deaths

Total Non-boosted Deaths

5

Total COVID-19 Deaths

6

Percent of Non-boosted Deaths

83%

 

DPH says Boosted is Better

DPH) is encouraging everyone who is eligible for a booster, but has not yet gotten one to do so. According to the My Healthy Community Vaccine Tracker, while 68.2% of those 65+ have received a booster/additional dose, only one-third (35.7%) of Delaware’s eligible population as a whole has.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study showing that receiving 2 or 3 doses of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was associated with a 90% reduction in risk in needing to be placed on a ventilator or dying.  During Omicron, the risk for those who received a booster dose was reduced to 94%. This data supports a growing body of evidence showing:

  • Those who are boosted are much less likely to test positive than even the those who had received just two doses (JAMA, 2022).
  • People who were unvaccinated against COVID-19 as the Omicron variant emerged in December had five times higher risk of COVID-19 infections than adults who had received a booster (CDC, 2022).
  • Unvaccinated persons are 12 times more likely to be hospitalized than those who are boosted (CDC Data: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#covidnet-hospitalizations-vaccination

DPH says now, while cases are low, is the best time to get your booster so that you are prepared in the event of a surprise COVID-19 surge. Additionally, with the upcoming Spring Break and reports of recent COVID-19 surges in Western Europe, South Korea and China, DPH reminds Delawareans that receiving a booster will decrease the chances of citizens bringing the deadly virus back from vacation spots. Spring Break often includes congregating in large groups and increases the chance for a person to contract COVID-19 and then return home to a loved one who may suffer from underlying conditions. Underlying conditions makes people more susceptible to COVID-19.

For more information concerning booster-doses, visit our website at de.gov/boosters

Those who are eligible for a booster are recommended to seek one at existing vaccine sites including pharmacies, health care providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (for patients), and the following standing DPH Vaccine sites:

  • Blue Hen Corporate Center: 655 S. Bay Road, Dover, DE 19901
  • Georgetown Plaza: 19 Georgetown Plaza, Georgetown, DE 19947
  • Canby Park: 1920 Maryland Ave., Wilmington, DE 19805
  • University Plaza, 256 Chapman Road, Suite 100, Newark, DE 19702

DPH will discontinue services at the DPH Standing Vaccine Sites after March 31. Individuals can still get vaccinated at DPH clinics, updates on new locations for Curative testing will be provided as details become available.  

Changes in Federal Program May Impact Testing for Uninsured

Changes at the federal level set to take effect Monday, March 21, may result in some COVID-19 testing providers deciding to no longer offer free testing to uninsured individuals.  Those without insurance can still access free testing at Division of Public Health clinics. Those who have insurance are encouraged to seek testing at locations outside of DPH.  For a list of testing locations statewide visit de.gov/gettested. You are encouraged to contact the testing site to verify insurance requirements.

Long-term Care Statistics:  

As of Thursday, March 17, there have been a total of 3,642 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 926 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.  

Flu Update: 

DPH reminds the public that flu season is not over.  There were 64 laboratory-confirmed cases reported the week of March 6-March 13. As of March 13, 2022, the most recent date for which flu statistics are available, there have been 797 laboratory-confirmed cases for the current season. The cases involved 488 individuals from New Castle County, 113 from Kent County and 196 from Sussex County. This number reflects only the number of lab-confirmed cases; the actual number of cases circulating statewide is likely higher as not all people with the flu seek treatment, and many cases are diagnosed through rapid test kits in a provider’s office versus a lab. There may be technical discrepancies of reporting numbers week to week due to retroactive reporting of cases.

All individuals 6 months and older may still get vaccinated against the flu if they haven’t already. Flu vaccines are available at pharmacies (including those in grocery stores), participating medical provider offices, Federally Qualified Health Centers (for their patients), as well as Division of Public Health clinics. DPH is also advising the public that the flu vaccine can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.  

For the latest information on the flu in Delaware, visit flu.delaware.gov. 

Resources:  

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.    

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Anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind or speech disabled can contact DPH by dialing 711 first using specialized devices (i.e., TTY, TeleBraille, voice devices). The 711 service is free and to learn more about how it works, please visit delawarerelay.com. 

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.

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