Coronavirus

Active cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 jumped by 125 in Delaware, with seven new deaths reported Monday afternoon by public health officials. 

According to the Division of Public Health, 1,593 new tests results brought 199 new positive COVID-19 cases for a cumulative total of 7,869. 

Total recoveries increased by 67 cases to 3,545 while "active" cases climbed to 4,027. 

Fatalities attributed to the virus rose  by seven persons to 297.

While victims who've died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old, Monday's victims all fell between 60 and 88 years old. Three were women, four were men, and six came from New Castle County, while one was from Sussex County. Six had also had underlying health conditions while three had been residents at long-term care facilities. Residents of long-term care facilities make-up approximately 65 percent of Delaware's deaths from COVID-19 while those with underlying health conditions account for nearly 89 percent of all deaths in the state.

By county, that broke down to an increase of 56 in New Castle to 2,738, an increase of 22 to 1,219, and an increase of 122 in Sussex to 3,861. 51 cases were from an unknown county of origin. 

Just one day after hospitalizations dropped to their lowest level this month, officials said 11 new patients were hospitalized, increasing the overall number of beds occupied to 240. It's the first time that statistic increased since Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Of those patients, 39 were hospitalized critically. 

Additionally, there were 1,394 new negative tests, for a cumulative total of 34,589.