Coronavirus Outbreak

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. 

For the second straight day, Delaware recorded triple digit gains in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, but hospitalizations have fallen to its lowest level.

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported 192 new cases Friday - pushing the state's overall total to 11,923. But the number of cases that are active is 4719.

Delaware has already added almost 700 new cases this week. The weekly number was only about 300 for each of the past three weeks.

5.6% of the 3,425 new test results reported Friday were positive.  It's the third straight day the rate has declined.

To date, 106,420 people have tested negative in Delaware.

While Delaware added two more fatalities - taking the state's death toll to 512, the number of people in the hospital decreased by 10 since the late report - falling to 57. Of those, 13 were listed as "critically ill."

The most recent deaths announced Friday involved persons ranging in age from 66 to 80. One individual was female, and one was male. Both individuals were long-term care residents of Kent County, who had underlying health conditions.