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Average daily COVID-19 case count in Delaware tops 400 for the first time

Jeff Neiburg
Delaware News Journal

The seven-day average daily coronavirus case count in Delaware has topped 400 for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year.

Delaware on Saturday reported 504 new positive cases, one day after reporting a record-high 649 cases (that number was later amended to 651). The 504 cases reported Saturday, through data recorded at 6 p.m. Friday, is the second-highest daily case count of the pandemic. The rolling seven-day average of daily cases is up to 417.4.

Hospitalizations due to complications from COVID-19 increased by two to 172, 29 of which are listed in critical condition.

A ChristianaCare healthcare worker holds swabs in her hands to be used for coronavirus testing in the parking lot of the Chase Center earlier this year.

The increase in daily cases comes as more tests than ever are being conducted in Delaware. There is a two-day lag on full testing data from the state, but the state reported that it performed a pandemic-high 9,939 tests on Wednesday. The average tests being performed per day is over 6,000, also the highest since the pandemic began.

Just under 5% of those 9,399 tests returned positive cases Wednesday, and the daily average percent of tests being positive is 5.9%, highest since early June.

The state reported no new deaths Saturday after reporting four Friday. The death toll stands at 746. 

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Contact Jeff Neiburg at jneiburg@delawareonline.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeff_Neiburg.