Weekly Covid-19 Update – January 28, 2022: Delaware Remains Vigilant As Downward Case, Hospitalization Trends Continue

DOVER, DE (Jan. 28, 2022) – 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 Thursday, Jan 27, 2022. DPH reports a 57 percent decrease in the seven-day average of new positive cases reported since the peak of the surge on Jan. 12, 2022. The current seven-day average of new positive cases reported has declined to 1,448 as of Thursday. Jan. 27.

Case totals remain elevated, so Delawareans should continue to take important steps to keep themselves and others safe and to maintain positive new data trends. 

  • Get vaccinated and boosted. COVID-19 vaccines continue to offer the best protection against infection, hospitalization and death. 
  • Wear a well-fitting mask in public and when around others outside of your household. Make sure your mask fits properly over your nose and mouth. 
  • Stay home if you have symptoms or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Avoid non-essential in-person social gatherings. 
  • Go to the emergency room if you have a true emergency, but do not go to the ER only for a COVID-19 test. Our hospitals are strained, and emergency departments need to be preserved for life-threatening emergencies. 
  • Get tested if: 

§ You have symptoms. 

§ It has been five days after you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

§ You are unvaccinated (those not vaccinated should be tested once per week). 

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations: 

  • Total positive cases since March 11, 2020: 246,037 
  • 7-day average of new positive cases: 1448.9, a decrease of 683.2 from last week. 
  • 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests: 21.6%, a decrease of 6 percentage points from last week 
  • Hospitalizations: 453, a decrease of 168 from last week; critically ill: 47, a decrease of 21 from last week  
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,498 
  • Total COVID-19 deaths reported since last week: 48, including 7 from a review of vital statistics records.   

COVID-19 Vaccinations:  

  • Total number of doses administered in Delaware: 1,642,264 
  • Percentage of Delawareans 5+ who received at least one dose (CDC data) 85% 
  • Percentage of Delawareans 12+ who received at least one dose (CDC data): 90.2%  
  • Percentage of Delawareans 18+ who received at least one dose (CDC data): 92.1% 
  • Percent of Delawareans who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 66.1%  

All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. Individuals who qualify for a booster dose should get one as soon as possible. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine. For information on boosters, visit de.gov/boosters. 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 Jan.17 – Jan. 23. 

   

Weekly Overview(1/17/22 – 1/23/22)

Unvaccinated Cases

Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases

6614

Total Cases

11661

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases

57%

Hospitalizations

Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized Cases

183

Total Hospitalized Cases

292

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized Cases

63%

Deaths

Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths

24

Total COVID-19 Deaths

40

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths

60%

   

Weekly Overview(1/17/22 – 1/23/22)

Non-boosted Cases

Total Non-boosted Cases

10021

Total Cases

11661

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

86%

Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

Total Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

258

Total Hospitalized Cases

292

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

88%

Non-boosted Deaths

Total Non-boosted Deaths

33

Total COVID-19 Deaths

40

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

83%

 

  

Breakthrough Cases (cumulative since vaccinations began): 

  • Total breakthrough cases: 18,698, or 3.2% of fully vaccinated individuals  
  • Total breakthrough hospitalizations: 208 
  • Total breakthrough deaths: 191

 

A breakthrough case is defined as testing positive for COVID-19 after an individual has been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more.

COVID-19 Variant Cases in Delaware:   

Of the samples collected during the week of Jan. 7 – Jan. 13, the Omicron variant represented 97.4% of cases sequenced for a variant of concern, variant of interest, or variant being monitored. The remaining 2.6% of sequenced cases were identified as Delta. 

As a reminder, DPH is now providing variant data based on sample collection date rather than sequencing date, due to the length of time between sample collection (when a person is tested) and when samples are sequenced by laboratories, which can be lagged by two weeks or longer. This will more accurately reflect the proportion of specific variants that are circulating in the community at various points in time. 

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory and other laboratories regularly monitor for the presence of COVID-19 variants, including Delta and Omicron, through routine genomic sequencing of test specimens. Genome sequencing is a public health surveillance tool used to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 variants; it is not used to diagnose individuals with a specific strain of COVID-19, as treatment recommendations do not differ based on variant strains. COVID-19 tests identify current infection of COVID-19, but do not identify a specific variant of the virus the individual might have. 

Long-term Care Statistics:  

As of Thursday, Jan. 27, there have been a total of 3,045 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 896 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.  

Flu Update:

There were 12 laboratory-confirmed cases reported the week of Jan. 16 – Jan. 22. As of Jan. 22, 2022, the most recent date for which flu statistics are available, there have been 607 laboratory-confirmed cases for the current season. The cases involved 423 individuals from New Castle County, 79 from Kent County and 105 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. 

All individuals 6 months and older are strongly encouraged to 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.


State of Delaware Partners with FEMA to Open COVID-19 Testing Center

Testing available by appointment at www.ineedacovid19test.com

DOVER, DE (JAN. 14, 2022) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) announced today that the State of Delaware is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to open a free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2022. The site will be hosted at the Delaware City Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and operate on evenings and weekends, six days a week, closing on Wednesdays when DMV has regular evening business hours. Appointments are required for testing at this site. 

Today’s announcement marks a necessary response to the recent surge of COVID-19 cases largely fueled by the Omicron variant, which has resulted in unprecedented demand for COVID-19 testing. Testing demand statewide has nearly tripled since the week before Thanksgiving, with 23,000 tests administered the week prior to Thanksgiving, and 61,000 tests administered last week. The highest demand has been centralized in New Castle County.

“The demand for testing is at an all-time high and our resources are strained. Having this site will serve as a relief valve for our testing partners, particularly in New Castle County,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “We appreciate the assistance from our federal partners and the testing staff coming to provide Delawareans with another testing option for the next several weeks to help get us through this surge.”

“We are excited that our Federal partners have provided this testing site that will help us meet the increased demand, said A.J. Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. “The hours complement other options and help expand evening and weekend availability.”

FEMA has contracted with eTrueNorth to offer testing services that include evening hours and weekends. Individuals will be tested with a PCR shallow nasal swab and results are expected to be returned in 48-72 hours. Appointments will be required.

“FEMA’s Public Assistance Program continues to support COVID-19 expanding hospital capacity as well as other initiatives such as COVID-19 testing, vaccination, personal protective equipment, administration, and surge staffing” said FEMA Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney. “FEMA will continue to provide this important resource to help meet public health and safety needs, posed by the pandemic, in an equitable and efficient manner.”

“eTrueNorth has enabled millions of PCR COVID-19 tests across the country since the start of this pandemic. We are so pleased to partner with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the State of Delaware to increase Americans’ access to COVID-19 testing,” said Coral May, eTrueNorth CEO. “These COVID-19 tests are free to individuals. Every individual needs to register at www.ineedacovid19test.com and obtain a voucher for each individual in their family that will be tested.”

The Delaware City DMV is located at 2101 Mid County Drive, New Castle, Delaware. For the first day of operations, Monday Jan. 17, 2022, appointments will be available between 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Following the first day of testing, appointments will be available for the following days of the week:

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sundays: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

To make an appointment, individuals must register on the eTrueNorth Covid-19 testing website. Each individual that will be tested must create an account. After completing the initial screening questionnaire, users will schedule an appointment. A confirmation voucher will be provided and should be brought to the testing site. Testing is free and is available for all ages.

Registrants will use their username and password to access test results when they are available. The best way to schedule an appointment time is to visit http://www.doineedacovid19test.com. Those who have questions or need assistance with registering for an appointment, can email COVID19@eTrueNorth.com or call 1-800-635-8611.

For those unable to access the site due to transportation or other barriers, they are encouraged to take advantage of the hundreds of testing sites statewide and at-home test options, which can be found at de.gov/gettested.

Evening & Weekend Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing. Delaware City DMV, Jan. 18-Feb. 7, Mon-Tue-Thu-Fri: 5:30 pm-11:30 pm; Sat: 8 am-4 pm; Sun: 10 am-6 pm. Appointments Required. Questions? COVID19@eTrueNorth.com or 1-800-635-8611. Evening and Weekend Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing, Delaware City DMV, Starting Monday, Jan. 17, 2-8 pm. Appointments Required. Questions? COVID19@TrueNorth.com or 1-800-635-8611. Evening and Weekend Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing, Delaware City DMV, Starting Monday, Jan. 17, 2-8 pm. Appointments Required. Questions? COVID19@TrueNorth.com or 1-800-635-8611. Evening and Weekend Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing, Delaware City DMV, Starting Monday, Jan. 17, 2-8 pm. Appointments Required. Questions? COVID19@TrueNorth.com or 1-800-635-8611.


Weekly COVID-19 Update- October 22, 2021 COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Continue Steady Downward Trend

DOVER (OCT. 22, 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. 21, 2021.   

  

  • Total positive cases since March 11, 2020: 141,717
  • 7-day average of new positive cases: 333.4, a decrease from 389.4 last week
  • 7-day average for the percentage of total positive tests: 7%, a decrease from 8% last week
  • Hospitalizations: 173, a decrease of 34 from last weekCritically ill: 24, a decrease of six from last week 
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,045
  • Total COVID-19 deaths since last week: 24

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

  • Total number of doses administered in Delaware: 1,237,206
  • Percentage of Delawareans 12+ who have received at least one dose (CDC data): 79.2%
  • Percentage of Delawareans 18+ who received at least one dose (CDC data): 81%
  • Delawareans who are fully vaccinated: 528,767

  

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 Oct. 11 – Oct 17. The report highlights the significant percentage of cases and hospitalized individuals in Delaware who are unvaccinated, or only partially vaccinated.

Weekly Overview
(10/11 -10/17)

Unvaccinated Cases

Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases

1898

Total Cases

2502

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases

76%

Hospitalizations

Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases

98

Total Hospitalized Cases

125

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases

78%

Deaths

Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths

7

Total COVID-19 Deaths

13

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 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, 359 test samples were sequenced through routine surveillance of test specimens. Of those test samples, 263 (73.3%) sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were 24 additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. Out of the 287 variant positive samples, all were identified as the Delta strain.

 

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 

    

DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Units: 

DPH officials in partnership with medical staff from the Delaware National Guard (DNG) have launched mobile units to offer COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities. With the official start of Flu Season, the flu vaccine will also be available and can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

The mobile units, which utilize trailers to transport the vaccine and provide vaccinations, are scheduled to visit these communities in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties next week. COVID-19 testing will be available at each location. 

    

Monday, October 25

Philadelphia Pentecostal Holiness Church, 13724 S. Old Stage Road, Ellendale, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, October 26

Emerald City Wash World, 730 W. Division Street, Dover, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Wawa, 1450 Forrest Avenue, Dover, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

3007 Governor Printz Blvd, Wilmington, 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, October 27

Dover Downs, 1131 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wilmington Farmers Market, 1000 North Market Street, Wilmington, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Adams Four Shopping Center, 800 West 3rd Street, Wilmington, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, October 28

Seaford City Hall, 414 High Street, Seaford, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

 

Friday, October 29

Nylon Plaza Shopping Center, 800 Atlanta Road, Seaford, 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

634 South Maryland Avenue, Wilmington, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

*dates may be rescheduled if there is inclement weather  

  

For a full list of community-based events statewide including those organized by vaccinating partners and community groups at de.gov/getmyvaccine 

 

Long-term Care Statistics: 

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, there have been a total of 2,914 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 852 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.   

      

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.   

 

   


Weekly COVID-19 Update – August 27, 2021: Seven-Day Average For Positive Cases Surpasses 350

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, August 26, 2021.   

   

A total of 118,544 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 increased to 354.1 as of Thursday, August 26, 2021.   

   

As of Tuesday, August 24, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 7.5%, a decrease from 7.8% as of Tuesday, August 17. 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, 210 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, an increase of 45 from last week. Thirty-four of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, an increase of five from last week.   

  

A total of 1,875 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Twenty-four deaths were reported in the past week, nine of which were from a review of vital statistics. 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, 951 were female and 924 were male. A total of 931 individuals were from New Castle County, 388 were from Kent County, and 556 were from Sussex County.  

  

FDA Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Individuals 16 and Older:

On Monday, August 23, 2021, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it has approved the COVID-19 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine biologics license application (BLA) for individuals 16+. It is the first of the three available COVID-19 vaccines to receive official approval from the FDA. Previously, the vaccine was being distributed only under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). The Pfizer vaccine has since been subject to an exhaustive independent review by FDA scientists – including an additional eight months of safety data and follow up with vaccine recipients, leading the FDA to grant approval. With full approval for a COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be even more confident that the COVID-19 vaccines work and are safe.

 

The vaccine also continues to be available under emergency use authorization (EUA), including for individuals 12 through 15 years of age and for the administration of a third dose in certain immunocompromised individuals. While there is not yet enough data to include 12-to-15-year-olds or the immunocompromised who want a third dose under the full approval, this does not mean the vaccine is not safe for these individuals. They are still eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine under the existing Emergency Use Authorization, which remains in effect.

 

The FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine includes a name change for the vaccine to COMIRNATY. It is the same vaccine and the same dosage; only the name has changed. 

 

COVID-19 Vaccinations:   

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 75.6% of Delawareans ages 18+ have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of 12:01 a.m. August 27, 2021, a total of 1,109,421 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. Among Delawareans 12+, 554,201 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 492,758 Delawareans are fully vaccinated. Delaware’s latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity.   

   

Vaccines are the best protection we have against COVID-19 and circulating variants. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccination rollout in Delaware, visit de.gov/covidvaccine.   

   

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 August 16 – August 22. The report highlights the significant percentage of cases and hospitalized individuals in Delaware who are unvaccinated, or only partially vaccinated. Vaccination continues to be the most important factor in reducing deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19. 

 

Weekly Overview
(8/16 -8/22)

Unvaccinated Cases

Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases

1783

Total Cases

2309

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases

77%

Hospitalizations

Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases

94

Total Hospitalized Cases

128

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases

73%

Deaths

Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths

8

Total COVID-19 Deaths

13

Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths

62%

 

Breakthrough Cases:  

To date, 492,758 Delawareans have been fully vaccinated. Of those, there have been 1,544 breakthrough cases of COVID-19, occurring in approximately three-tenths of 1 percent of vaccinated individuals. Forty-three of the reported breakthrough cases identified since vaccinations began involved hospitalizations and 21 individuals passed away, although it does not mean COVID-19 was the cause of death. Breakthrough cases continue to be extremely rare given the total number of persons who are fully vaccinated, and the science is clear, the best way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.   

 

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 actually occurred after vaccination. 

 

Update on COVID-19 Variant Cases in Delaware:  

As of Friday, August 27, 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. The CDC recently removed Epsilon/B.1.427 and Epsilon/B.1.429 from the Variants of Interest list. As a result, we have removed them from the below chart.

 

Of the tests samples that were sequenced, 68% percent of the 139 test samples sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were 20 additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. This brings the total of variant positive samples to 114 for the week. Ninety-seven percent were identified as the Delta variant strain.

 

Variants of Concern   Variants of Interest
Variant Origin # of Cases Variant Origin # of Cases
Alpha/B.1.1.7  United Kingdom 1007 Eta/B.1.525 UK/Nigeria (formerly NEW York, US) 2
Beta/B.1.351  South Africa 1 Iota/B.1.526 New York, US  272
Gamma/P.1 Brazil 63 Epsilon/B.1.427 California, US 10
Delta/B.1.617.2 India 255 Epslion/B.1.429 California, US 11
     

 

 

 

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 3,880 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date. In aggregate, the cases include 1,376 adults ranging in age from 18-98, as well as 282 individuals under the age of 18. One thousand two hundred and twenty-seven individuals were from New Castle County, 223 were from Kent County and 208 were from Sussex County.    

 

Virus mutation is common. Sequencing for variants is a complex process and is not used for diagnosing COVID-19. It is used after a positive case of COVID-19 has been identified for surveillance purposes, or in identifying the presence of a variant strain in the community. When variant strains are identified, public health approaches and treatments do not currently change. Because these variants may spread more easily, it is even more important that unvaccinated individuals who are more susceptible to getting COVID-19 continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus – wearing a mask, washing your hands, and being cautious when attending large gatherings.  

   

The science is clear that the vaccines are extremely safe and effective even against variants – and Delawareans who are fully vaccinated have significant protection from COVID-19 infection and serious illness. We would encourage all Delawareans to get vaccinated – de.gov/getmyvaccine.   

   

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

   

DPH COVID Vaccine Mobile Units:  

DPH officials in partnership with medical staff from the Delaware National Guard (DNG) have launched mobile units to offer COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities. Medically trained DNG staff are offering the Pfizer vaccine (for ages 12+) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for persons 18+). These mobile units are visiting communities with low vaccination rates in an effort to eliminate potential barriers to access. The mobile units, which utilize trailers to transport the vaccine and provide vaccinations, are scheduled to visit these communities in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties next week. COVID-19 testing will be available at each location. 

   

Monday, August 30

           Merchants Square, Wilmington, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Tuesday, August 31  

Carroll’s Plaza Laundromat, Dover, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Gateway South Shopping Center, Dover, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Lady Bug Festival, Market Street, Wilmington 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, September 1  

Wilmington Farmers Market, Wilmington, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

Adams Four Shopping Center, Wilmington, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

 

Thursday, September 2  

Rainbow Pediatrics, Georgetown, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Rainbow Pediatrics, Georgetown, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

 

Friday, Sepember 3 

Edna C. Dickey Park, Newark, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

  

*dates may be rescheduled if there is inclement weather  

  

For a full list of community-based events statewide including those organized by vaccinating partners and community groups at de.gov/getmyvaccine.  

  

Long-term Care Statistics: 

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 26, there have been a total of 2,848 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 830 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.   

  

DPH Encourages Testing After Participating in Large Gatherings and Events:  

Given the significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases and the large number of gatherings and events that traditionally take place this month, it is recommended that individuals get tested if they have attended a large public gathering such as a concert, community-based event, or any such event where social distancing was not possible and the vaccination status of others is unknown. You should also get tested if you attended gatherings such as birthday parties, off-to-college parties, or weddings where people were in close contact and you were unable to confirm vaccination status of those around you, especially if the gatherings were indoors. A list of testing locations can be found at de.gov/gettested. Additionally, at-home test options are listed on the site, including take-home COVID-19 test kits available at Delaware Libraries. These rapid antigen test kits produce results in as little as 15 minutes and can be kept at home if someone develops symptoms. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to a library for a test kit.  

 

Symptoms and Testing: 

It’s especially important for unvaccinated persons, to be aware of, and self-monitor for, the symptoms of COVID-19.  Even fully vaccinated persons should get tested if they develop symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.    

   

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.   

      

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  

   

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.    

    

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

   


Weekly COVID-19 Update – AUGUST 20, 2021: Positive Cases, Hospitalizations Rise; Vaccination And Testing Encouraged 

DOVER (AUGUST 20, 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, August 19, 2021.   

  

A total of 115,665 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 increased to 303.3 as of Thursday, August 19, 2021.   

  

As of Tuesday, August 17, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 7.9% an increase from 6.2% as of Tuesday, August 10. 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, 165 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, an increase of 54 from last week. Twenty-nine of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, an increase of 19 from last week.   

  

A total of 1,851 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Four deaths were reported in the past week. 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, 936 were female and 915 were male. A total of 915 individuals were from New Castle County, 387 were from Kent County, and 549 were from Sussex County.  

  

Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine EUAs for Third Dose in Certain Immunocompromised Persons: 

On Friday, August 13, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow for the administration of an additional dose in certain immunocompromised individuals, the CDC endorsed that recommendation.  Providers may administer a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to individuals in the following categories:  

  • Recipients of organ or stem cell transplants; 
  • People with advance or untreated HIV infection; 
  • Active recipients of treatment for cancer; 
  • People who are taking medications that weaken the immune system; and 
  • Others.   

The third dose may only be administered at least four weeks (28 days) after completing the original two-dose vaccine series. This guidance does not apply to immunocompromised persons who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine as the FDA and CDC did not have adequate data to make the same recommendation.

Emerging data suggest some people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems do not always build the same level of immunity compared to people who are not immunocompromised, and as a result may benefit from a third dose of the mRNA vaccines. At this time, the CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population. For more information, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/recommendations/immuno.html 

  

DPH Encourages Testing After Participating in Large Gatherings and Events:  

Given the significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases and the large number of gatherings and events that traditionally take place this month, it is recommended that individuals get tested if they have attended a large public gathering such as a concert, community-based event, or any such event where social distancing was not possible and the vaccination status of others is unknown. You should also get tested if you attended gatherings such as birthday parties, off-to-college parties, or weddings where people were in close contact and you were unable to confirm vaccination status of those around you, especially if the gatherings were indoors. A list of testing locations can be found at de.gov/gettested. Additionally, at-home test options are listed on the site, including take-home COVID-19 test kits available at Delaware Libraries. These rapid antigen test kits produce results in as little as 15 minutes and can be kept at home if someone develops symptoms. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to a library for a test kit.  

  

COVID-19 Vaccinations:   

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 74.7% of Delawareans ages 18+ have received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of 12:01 a.m. August 20, 2021, a total of 1,091,585 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. Among Delawareans 12+, 547,856 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 485,033 Delawareans are fully vaccinated. Delaware’s latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity.   

  

Vaccines are the best protection we have against COVID-19 and circulating variants. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccination rollout in Delaware, visit de.gov/covidvaccine.   

   

COVID-19 Case Vaccination Status Report:  

DPH will be providing a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations in the Friday press releases. This report captures the time frame for August 8 – August 15. The report highlights the significant percentage of cases and hospitalized individuals in Delaware who are unvaccinated, or only partially vaccinated. Vaccination continues to be the most important factor in reducing deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19.   

Weekly Overview
(8/9 -8/15)
Unvaccinated Cases
Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases 1451
Total Cases 1828
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases 79%
Hospitalizations
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases 91
Total Hospitalized Cases 106
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized  Cases 86%
Deaths
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths 4
Total COVID-19 Deaths 5
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated COVID-19 Deaths 80%

 

 

Breakthrough Cases  

To date, 485,033 Delawareans have been fully vaccinated. Of those, there have been 1,236 breakthrough cases of COVID-19, occurring in approximately one-quarter of 1 percent of vaccinated individuals. Thirty-six of the reported breakthrough cases identified since vaccinations began involved hospitalizations and 14 individuals passed away, although it does not mean COVID-19 was the cause of death. Breakthrough cases continue to be extremely rare given the total number of persons who are fully vaccinated, and the science is clear, the best way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.   

 

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 actually occurred after vaccination. 

 

Update on COVID-19 Variant Cases in Delaware  

As of Friday, August 20, 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. 25 percent of the 138 test samples sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were five additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. This brings the total of variant positive samples to 39 for the week. All were identified as the Delta variant strain.  

Variants of Concern
Variant Origin # of cases
Alpha/B.1.1.7 United Kingdom 1,004
Beta/B.1.351 South Africa 1
Gamma/P.1 Brazil 63
Delta/B.1.617.2 India 144

 

Variants of Interest
Variant Origin # of cases
Eta/B.1.525 UK/Nigeria (formerly New York, US) 2
Iota/B.1.526/B.1526.1 New York, US 330
Epsilon/B.1.427 California, US 10
Epsilon/B.1.429 California, US 11

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 3,741 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 138 within the past week. In aggregate, the cases include 1,270 adults ranging in age from 18 to 98, as well as 274 individuals under the age of 18. One thousand one hundred and forty-eight individuals were from New Castle County, 202 were from Kent County and 194 were from Sussex County. 

  

Virus mutation is common. Sequencing for variants is a complex process and not used for diagnosing COVID-19. It is used after a positive case of COVID-19 has been identified for surveillance purposes, or in identifying the presence of a variant strain in the community. When variant strains are identified, public health approaches and treatments do not currently change. But because these variants may spread more easily, it is even more important that unvaccinated individuals who are more susceptible to getting COVID-19 continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus – wearing a mask, washing your hands, and being cautious when attending large gatherings.  

  

The science is clear that the vaccines are extremely safe and effective even against variants – and Delawareans who are fully vaccinated have significant protection from COVID-19 infection and serious illness. We would encourage all Delawareans to get vaccinated – de.gov/getmyvaccine.   

  

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

  

  

DPH COVID Vaccine Mobile Units:  

DPH officials in partnership with medical staff from the Delaware National Guard (DNG) have launched mobile units to offer COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities. Medically trained DNG staff are offering the Pfizer vaccine (for ages 12+) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for persons 18+). These mobile units are visiting communities with low vaccination rates in an effort to eliminate potential barriers to access. The mobile units, which utilize trailers to transport the vaccine and provide vaccinations, are scheduled to visit these communities in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties next week. COVID-19 testing will be available at each location. 

   

Monday, August 23 

           Bethel Villa Apartments, Wilmington, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 

Tuesday, August 24  

AMF Doverama Bowling, Dover, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Lowes, Dover, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

 

Wednesday, August 25  

Wilmington Farmers Market, Wilmington, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  

Adams Four Shopping Center, Wilmington, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 

   

Thursday, August 26  

Rainbow Pediatrics, Georgetown, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  

Rainbow Pediatrics, Georgetown, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  

Friday, August 27 

Sunset Station Shopping Center, Bear, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

   

*dates may be rescheduled if there is inclement weather  

  

For a full list of community-based events statewide including those organized by vaccinating partners and community groups at de.gov/getmyvaccine 

  

Long-term Care Statistics  

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19, there have been a total of 2,805 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 826 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.   

  

Symptoms and Testing  

It’s especially important for unvaccinated persons, to be aware of, and self-monitor for, the symptoms of COVID-19.  Even fully vaccinated persons should get tested if they develop symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.   

  

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.   

   

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  

  

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.    

  

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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