Weekly COVID-19 Update – June 11, 2021: Delaware Cases Continue to Decline, Hospitalizations Unchanged

DOVER (June 11, 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, June 10, 2021.

A total of 109,296 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 41.7 as of Thursday, June 10.

As of Tuesday, June 8, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 1.8%, a decrease from 2.0% as of Tuesday, June 1. 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, 51 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, the same number as last week. Thirteen of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up eight from last week.

A total of 1,679 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported five additional deaths since last week’s update. 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, 841 were female and 838 were male. A total of 836 individuals were from New Castle County, 346 were from Kent County, and 497 were from Sussex County.

DE Wins! Update

DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay has been making calls to winners of the DE Wins! raffle prizes.  Not all winners have consented to have their names shared publicly, but DPH is pleased to share the following prize winners who did:

  • Cole Hope, New Castle – Wilmington Blue Rocks Luxury Suite Package (May 31 drawing)
  • Jamie Field, Dover – Firefly package (June 4 drawing)
  • Angela Thomas, Newark – $5,000 winner (May 31 drawing)

Nine total prize winners will be drawn next week. Prizes offered include two-$5,000 dollar prizes from the Delaware Lottery, a Blue Rocks Prize Package, four annual passes to Delaware State Parks, a DART pass for one year, and a vacation package in Kent County which includes gift cards to Kent County restaurants and stores, a 4-night stay at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino, passes to Killens Pond State Park water park, and local unique experiences.

The only thing Delawareans need to do to be entered for these drawings is to have been vaccinated in Delaware on or after May 25 if you are 18+. Any Delawarean age 12-17 who has been vaccinated in Delaware is eligible for prizes. Not vaccinated yet?  Don’t wait – visit [de.gov/getmyvaccine]de.gov/getmyvaccine for a location near you.

For information on the vaccine incentive program visit DEWins.org.

COVID-19 Vaccines at DMV locations

DPH’s Community Health Services section is offering vaccinations at the following Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) locations:

  • Dover DMV – Mondays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Georgetown DMV– Tuesdays , 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Delaware City DMV – Fridays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Pfizer vaccine will be offered to all individuals age 12 and older.

DPH Launches COVID Vaccine Mobile Units

Starting the week of June 14, DPH in partnership with the Delaware National Guard (DNG) are launching mobile units to offer COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities. Medically trained DNG staff will offer the Pfizer vaccine (for ages 12+) and the J&J vaccine (for persons 18+).  These mobile units will first visit 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 communities in Kent and New Castle counties next week, and thenexpand to Sussex County.

Monday June 14

Sparrow Run, Newark, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Glasgow Trailer Park, Newark, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday June 15

The Village at McKee Branch, Dover, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

What Coat Village Apartments, Dover, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday June 16

Southbridge Park, Wilmington, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Adams St. Courts, Wilmington, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday June 17

Walker Woods, Dover, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Simon Circle/Hayes Circle, Dover, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Friday June 18

Park Place, Dover, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

General’s Greene Phase IV & Premier Village, Dover, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

*dates may be rescheduled if there is inclement weather

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

Alpha/B.1.1.7

United Kingdom

885

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

271

Epsilon/B.1.427

California, US

9

B.1.526.1

New York, US

31

Epsilon/B.1.429

California, US

11

Delta/B.1.617.2

India

9

Gamma/P.1

Brazil

40

 

In aggregate, the cases include 1,031 adults ranging in age from 18-98, as well as 228 individuals under the age of 18. A total of 955 individuals were from New Castle County, 171 were from Kent County and 133 were from Sussex County.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 3,052 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 136 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 who are not fully vaccinated remain vigilant and continue taking the necessary steps to avoid spreading the virus – wear a mask, wash your hands, avoid gatherings.

The science is clear that the vaccines are extremely safe and effective – 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.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

As of 12:01 a.m. June 11, a total of 953,019 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. Among Delawareans 12+, 489,399 have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 408,721 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.  For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine and the vaccination rollout in Delaware, visit de.gov/covidvaccine.

Breakthrough Cases

Vaccination significantly reduces the chance to developing COVID-19 or becoming seriously ill from it.  To date, 408,721 Delawareans have been fully vaccinated. Of those, there have been 367 breakthrough cases of COVID-19, less than one-tenth of 1 percent.

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. Eighteen of the reported breakthrough cases involved hospitalizations, four individuals passed away, although it does not mean COVID was the cause of death. Breakthrough cases are extremely rare and the science is clear, the best way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.                                                                  

Long-term Care Statistics

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 10, there have been a total of 2,741 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 758 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.

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.

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

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.

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 – May 28, 2021: Delaware Sees Lowest Number of Cases Since August

DOVER (May 28, 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, May 27, 2021.

A total of 108,681 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 74.1 as of Thursday, May 27.

As of Tuesday, May 25, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 2.7%, a decrease from 3.6% as of Tuesday, May 18. 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, 62 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, down 12 from this time last week. Nine of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down one from last week.

A total of 1,660 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 6 additional deaths since last week’s update. 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, 833 were female and 827 were male. A total of 824 individuals were from New Castle County, 343 were from Kent County, and 493 were from Sussex County.

Protect Yourself During the Memorial Day Weekend:

With the long holiday weekend upon us and many people taking to our beaches or cooking out with friends and family, it is important to remind those who are not vaccinated that the best protection against COVID-19 is to continue to wear a mask and to get vaccinated as soon as possible. While the cases of COVID-19 have significantly decreased in recent weeks, the Division of Public Health saw an increase in cases last year after the Memorial Day weekend due to Delawareans dropping their guard and gathering closely with others. All Delawareans should make the necessary effort to protect themselves against the virus. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent infection, but if someone is not able or unwilling, mask wearing and staying six feet away from others is the key to protecting yourself against contracting and spreading COVID-19. Many pharmacies are open this weekend and able to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.

Expansion of Gift Card Locations for DEWins Incentive Program

Beginning next week, vaccine providers, including those who work with community-based organizations, will be able to request gift cards from DPH when they make their vaccine order request. DPH hopes this expansion of the gift card portion of the DEWins program will encourage even more Delawareans to get vaccinated.

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

771

B.1.525

New York, US

2

B.1.351

South Africa

1

B.1.526

New York, US

260

B.1.427

California, US

9

B.1.526.1

New York, US

29

B.1.429

California, US

11

B.1.617.2

India

4

P.1

Brazil

23

 

In aggregate, the cases include 917 adults ranging in age from 18-98, as well as 193 individuals under the age of 18. A total of 846 individuals were from New Castle County, 152 were from Kent County and 112 were from Sussex County.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 2,690 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 135 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:

 

As of 12:01 a.m. May 28, a total of 906,543 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. A total of 814,230 doses have been delivered to the state, and 344,295 doses have been delivered as part of the federal provider programs.

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.

Breakthrough Cases:

Vaccination significantly reduces the chance to developing COVID-19 or becoming seriously ill from it.  To date, 381,498 Delawareans have been fully vaccinated. Of those, there have been 330 breakthrough cases of COVID-19, less than one-tenth of one percent. A breakthrough case is defined as testing positive for COVID-19 after an individual has been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more – though it does not mean that the infection actually occurred after vaccination. Eight of the reported breakthrough cases involved hospitalizations, two resulted in death. Both cases involved individuals with underlying health conditions. Breakthrough cases are extremely rare and the science is clear, the best way to prevent serious illness from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.                                                       

DPH Offers Free Transportation to Vaccine Appointments at Public Health Clinics

DPH has contracted with two vendors, DinesteHealth and Delmarva Transportation, to provide free rides to a DPH Clinic to get a COVID-19 vaccination.  To arrange for this free transportation, contact the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715 and press option 3.  To view a list of DPH Clinics offering vaccinations, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine.  Walk-ins at all sites are welcome, or you may schedule an appointment.  All sites are located near DART bus routes and are wheelchair accessible.  The DPH clinics offer the Pfizer vaccine so anyone age 12 and older is eligible to be vaccinated at these sites.  Parental consent is required for anyone under age 18 but a parent is not required to be there in person.  Parental consent can be provided by completing, printing and signing the Immunization Reporting Record located on the webpage under the clinic location section.

Delawareans are Reminded of State Requirements for Use of Face Masks

Delaware Governor John Carney’s 29thmodification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration, continues to require mask-wearing in the following settings regardless of vaccination status:

  • Public transportation (includes buses, paratransit, taxi, ride-sharing services)
  • Health care facilities (includes but not limited to hospitals, medical clinics and offices, special care, labs, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks/drives, veterinary care) applies to patients, staff, and visitors
  • Long-term care facilities (applies to residents in certain circumstances along with staff, visitors, vendors and contractors)
  • State facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelter
  • Child care facilities (staff, parents, visitors, students kindergarten and above)
  • Schools

DPH strongly encourages unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks in public settings and around those who live outside of their household. Individual businesses have the ability to enact stricter requirements than the state and require mask use.

While the updated State of Emergency no longer requires social distancing, DPH continues to strongly encourage six feet of social distancing for unvaccinated persons per the CDC definition.

Long-term Care Statistics:

With the situation in most long-term care facilities stable, DPH has decided to remove the list of deaths by facility from the weekly release. Moving forward the Division will continue to provide a basic summary. As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 27, there have been a total of 2,735 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 753 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to 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. 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:

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

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

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.


Weekly COVID-19 Update – May 21, 2021: Delaware Sees Significant Decrease in Cases, Deaths

DOVER (May 21, 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, May 20, 2021.

A total of 108,166 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 115.3 as of Thursday, May 20.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, May 20, was 13.8% a decrease from 15% as of Thursday, May 13. DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its COVID-19 data portal. As of Tuesday, May 18, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 3.6%, a decrease from 3.8% as of Tuesday, May 11. 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, 74 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, down six from this time last week. Ten of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, up five from last week.

A total of 1,654 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported three additional deaths since last week’s update. 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, 830 were female and 824 were male. A total of 822 individuals were from New Castle County, 343 were from Kent County, and 489 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, which includes the state’s first identified case of B.1.617.2 variant first found in India. 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

689

B.1.525

New York, US

2

B.1.351

South Africa

1

B.1.526

New York, US

247

B.1.427

California, US

9

B.1.526.1

New York, US

28

B.1.429

California, US

11

B.1.617.2

India

1

P.1

Brazil

21

 

In aggregate, the cases include 835 adults ranging in age from 18-98, as well as 174 individuals under the age of 18. A total of 775 individuals were from New Castle County, 138 were from Kent County and 96 were from Sussex County.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 2,555 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 263 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:

 

As of 12:01 a.m. May 21, a total of 866,093 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. A total of 803,700 doses have been delivered to the state, and 318,765 doses have been delivered as part of the federal provider programs.

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.

DPH Offers Free Transportation to Vaccine Appointments at Public Health Clinics

DPH has contracted with two vendors, DinesteHealth and Delmarva Transportation, to provide free rides to a DPH Clinic to get a COVID-19 vaccination.  To arrange for this free transportation, contact the DPH Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715 and press option 3.  To view a list of DPH clinics offering vaccinations, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine.  Walk-ins at all sites are welcome, or you may schedule an appointment.  All sites are located near DART bus routes and are wheelchair accessible. The DPH clinics offer the Pfizer vaccine so anyone age 12 and older is eligible to be vaccinated at these sites. Parental consent is required for anyone under age 18, but a parent is not required to be there in person. Parental consent can be provided by completing, printing and signing the Immunization Reporting Record located on the webpage under the clinic location section.

Delawareans are Reminded of State Requirements for Use of Face Masks

As a reminder to the public, Delaware Governor John Carney’s 29th modification to the COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration, which took effect today, continues to require mask-wearing in the following settings regardless of vaccination status:

  • Public transportation (includes buses, Paratransit, taxi, ride-sharing services)
  • Health care facilities (includes but not limited to hospitals, medical clinics and offices, special care, labs, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks/drives, veterinary care) applies to patients, staff, and visitors
  • Long-term care facilities (for staff and visitors – if resident and visitor are fully vaccinated, no mask is needed if in private area)
  • State facilities
  • Correctional facilities
  • Homeless shelters
  • Child care facilities (staff, parents, visitors, students Kindergarten and above)
  • Schools

DPH strongly encourages unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals to continue to wear masks in public settings and around those who live outside of their household. Individual businesses have the ability to enact stricter requirements than the state and require mask use.

While the most recent modification to the State of Emergency declaration no longer requires social distancing, DPH continues to strongly encourage 6 feet of social distancing for unvaccinated persons, per CDC guidelines.

Long-term Care Statistics:

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20, there have been a total of 2,730 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 753 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 (34)

Cadia Healthcare Pike Creek, Pike Creek (4)

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 (8)

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 (49)

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 (54)

New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (13)

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.

 


Weekly COVID-19 Update – May 14, 2021: Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Continue Downward Trend

DOVER (May 14, 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, May 13, 2021.

A total of 106,715 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 135.9 as of Thursday, May 13.

The seven-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday, May 13, was 15.1%, a decrease from 18% as of Thursday, May 6. DPH publishes both positivity rates – persons tested and total tests conducted – on its COVID-19 data portal. As of Tuesday, May 11, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 3.8%, a decrease from 4.2% as of Tuesday, May 4. 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, 80 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, down 35 from this time last week. Five of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down seven from last week.

A total of 1,651 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported 22 additional deaths since last week’s update. 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, 828 were female and 823 were male. A total of 820 individuals were from New Castle County, 342 were from Kent County, and 489 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 568 B.1.525 New York, US 2
B.1.351 South Africa 1 B.1.526 New York, US 222
B.1.427 California, US 9
B.1.526.1 New York, US 22
B.1.429 California, US 11  
P.1 Brazil 16  

 

In aggregate, the cases include 707 adults ranging in age from 18-98, as well as 107 individuals under the age of 18. A total of 528 individuals were from New Castle County, 99 were from Kent County and 56 were from Sussex County.

The Delaware Public Health Laboratory has sequenced 2,215 specimens for COVID-19 variant strains to date, including 176 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:

As of 12:01 a.m. May 14, a total of 830,781 administered doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been reported to the state’s immunization information system, DelVAX. A total of 777,060 doses have been delivered to the state, and 286,705 doses have been delivered as part of the federal provider programs.

A total of 434,934 Delaware residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, representing 56% of the currently eligible population in the state. A total of 344,780 have been fully vaccinated, representing 44.4% 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, May 13, there have been a total of 2,725 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 753 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 (34)
Cadia Healthcare Pike Creek, Pike Creek (4)
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 (8)
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 (49)
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 (54)
New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (13)
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.


DPH Opens New Standing Vaccination Clinics in Four Locations

DOVER (May 11, 2021) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has opened four standalone COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, which will serve for the next several months as an option for people to be vaccinated with or without an appointment, including those in the newly eligible 12-and-older age group starting today.

Appointments can be made at these four new clinics – as well as at Public Health clinics located in state service centers — by calling 1-833-643-1715, and they will handle walk-in traffic as well. These clinics use Pfizer vaccine and can immediately begin vaccinating the 12+ age group approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday. Written parental consent is required to vaccinate individuals younger than 18 years old, however the parent is not required to be on site with the child during the vaccination.

The vaccination clinics will schedule appointments or accept walk-ins Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 and 4 p.m.

Oxford Plaza
256 Chapman Road
Suite 100
Newark, DE 19702

 

Canby Park
1946 Maryland Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19805

 

Blue Hen Corporate Center
655 S. Bay Road, Suite 1A
Dover, DE 19901

 

Georgetown Plaza
19 Georgetown Plaza
Georgetown, DE 19947

 

“As we look to increase our vaccinated population, especially to reach young people who will be going back to college and school at the end of summer, these new vaccination-only clinics have the capacity to administer thousands of vaccines a week,” DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said. “These standing vaccination clinics, along with our public health clinics at state service centers, Curative sites, medical providers, pharmacies and community events will all be a part of increasing Delawareans’ protection against COVID-19 substantially in the next several months.”

For a full list of Division of Public Health clinic sites, as well as other vaccination opportunities, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine. DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.