Since the last weekly update provided by Delaware public health officials, 16 more people have died from the novel coronavirus COVID-19. 

According to the Division of Public Health, as total deaths associated with the virus climbed to 678, daily cases and hospitalizations also remained elevated. While total positive COVID-19 cases reached 23,687, the seven-day average of new daily cases was presently 137.3, while the seven-day average of persons testing positive increased from 5.5% last week to 6.9% this week. The seven-day average of total positive tests rose from 2.6% to 3.1 %

In Delaware, 106 individuals are currently hospitalized due to the virus, up two from last week. Of those, 25 individuals were critically ill, a decrease of one from this same time last week. 

Delaware's number of individuals considered fully recovered from the virus stood at 12,493. 

Officials additionally continue to monitor outbreaks at long-term care facilities, of which there were now four major locations: 

  • Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington; 54 residents and 42 staff members
  • Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington; 44 residents and 32 staff members
  • Country Rest Home in Greenwood; 31 residents and 18 staff members
  • Regency Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Wilmington; 38 residents and 15 staff

Cumulative positive cases at educational institutions since September 1 included: 

  • Child care – 27 students and 25 staff
  • Private K-12 – 54 students and 26 staff
  • Public K-12 – 24 students and 75 staff