Test results from the state’s corrections system were behind what at first glance looked like a surge in coronavirus cases, the Delaware Division of Public health noted in its weekly report.
The cases stemmed from an earlier outbreak in the Sussex Correctional Institution. The outbreak was contained but did come with word of two deaths from people with pre-existing conditions.
Over the last week, the number of new COVID-19 cases remained below 100 per day for the first time since late-June. The number of positive cases, as of Friday night, was 52.
The 14-day average for the percentage of persons who tested positive for COVID-19 fell back to 4.2 on Friday from 4.3 percent as of Thursday, Aug. 13. In addition, the number of people urrently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware fell from 38 to 35.
A total of 593 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The state reported five additional deaths since last week’s update. None were residents of long-term care facilities.
DPH noted thatwhile the total cumulative number of positive cases increased by 373 between Wednesday and Thursday night, 291 positive cases largely represent test results reported by the Department of Correction that were recently processed into the Division of Public Health’s system. Additionally, 88 DOC-related positive cases were added the day before.