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In its Saturday report, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported seven deaths from Covid-19. The high number of new cases appears to be driven by the faster-spreading gamma variant.

As of Thursday night, those who passed away included three residents of New Castle County, two from Kent County, and two from Sussex County.

They ranged in age from their 50s to their 90s. All seven had underlying health conditions, and none were residents of a long-term care facility. Five were not vaccinated; two were fully vaccinated.

Their deaths increased Delaware’s total number of COVID-related deaths to 1,920.

The other numbers

• 594 new positive cases, bringing the overall total to 127,803. The seven-day average of new cases is nearing 467.

• 7.8% of total tests were positive in the seven-day rolling average (down six-tenths of a percent from the previous day).

• 245 current hospitalizations, down 14 from the previous day, including 44 individuals in critical condition.

• 15 new hospital admissions, up four from the previous day).

• 1,675 people who tested negative.

• 513,726 Delawareans were fully vaccinated, up 1,025 from the previous day.

• 1,148,600 total vaccine doses administered, up 1,904 from the previous day.

Driving the number of new cases is the Delta variant.

As of Friday, the Division of Public Health has identified the following variants in Delaware through routine surveillance of test specimens. 

Variants of Concern      Variants of Interest  
Variant   Origin   # of Cases   Variant   Origin   # of Cases  
Alpha/B.1.1.7    United Kingdom   1008   Eta/B.1.525   UK/Nigeria (formerly New York, US)   2  
Beta/B.1.351    South Africa   1   Iota/B.1.526/B.1526.1   New York, US    352  
Gamma/P.1   Brazil   64        
Delta/B.1.617.2   India   797       

Of the test samples sequenced in the last week, 170 (73.9%) of the 230 test samples sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were 74 additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. All but one of the 244 variant positive samples this week were identified as the Delta variant strain.

For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, zip code or census tract level, click here.  

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