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Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498
Email: Jill.Fredel@delaware.gov

DPH Media Contact:
Tim Turane
Email: DPHMedia@Delaware.gov

Date: March 11, 2022
DHSS-3-2022





WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE - MARCH 11, 2022:
DPH MARKS TWO-YEARS SINCE FIRST COVID-19 CASE, PRAISES DELAWAREANS' RESILIENCE


DOVER, DE (March 11, 2022) - It was two years ago today that Delaware announced its first COVID-19 case. Since then, the state has reported 258,024 positive cases, 2,753 deaths, and at its peak in January 2022, 759 hospitalizations. The Division of Public Health (DPH) recognizes the great losses suffered by Delawareans of friends, family members and other loved ones. Yet, these numbers would be far worse had it not been for Delawareans' action and resilience.

Nearly 600,000 residents (599,204) stepped up and became fully vaccinated. Of those, 292,788 have received a booster or additional dose. Countless others complied with masking requirements, social distancing, isolation and quarantine guidelines, and took advantage of testing opportunities statewide. This is a clear demonstration of the dedication Delawareans have for one another.

DPH is grateful for all who have stepped up to do what is necessary to control the spread of COVID-19, including its staff, and is especially grateful for our partners at all levels in the health care and medical fields, state and local governments, and community-based organizations. DPH continues to encourage residents to use the tools available to them to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19, and be mindful of those who are increasingly susceptible to contracting the virus due in part to underlying conditions.

COVID-19 Prevention Tools:

COVID-19 Temporary Testing Site Closures Starting Week of March 14

DPH is announcing the following temporary testing site closures beginning the week of March 14 to allow for staffing changes. Some sites may be down for several days so check de.gov/gettestedto confirm testing availability at the below sites, or to identify other sites near you. The following sites will be closed starting:

DPH update on COVID-19 statistics in Delaware, as of Thursday, March 10, 2022

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations:

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. Individuals who qualify for a booster dose should get one as soon as possible. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine.. For information on boosters, visit de.gov/boosters. Delaware's latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity.

COVID-19 Case Vaccination Status Report:

The following reports capture a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame for Feb. 28 - Mar. 6.

Weekly Overview
(2/28/22 - 3/6/22)
# of Unvaccinated Cases
Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated 335
Total Cases 673
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Cases 50%
Hospitalizations
# of Cases
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized 9
Total Hospitalized 23
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized 39%
Deaths
# of Cases
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Covid-19 Deaths 1
Total Covid-19 deaths 3
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Covid-19 Deaths 33%
Weekly Overview
(2/28/22 - 3/6/22)
# of Non-boosted Cases
Total Non-boosted 515
Total 673
Percent of Non-boosted Cases 77%
Non-boosted Hospitalizations # of Cases
Total Non-boosted Hospitalizations 18
Total Hospitalizations 23
Percent of Non-boosted Hospitalizations 78%
Non-boosted Deaths # of Cases
Total Non-boosted Deaths 1
Total COVID-19 Deaths 3
Percent of Non-boosted Cases 33%

Long-term Care Statistics:

As of Thursday, March 10, there have been a total of 3,476 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 921 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

Flu Update:

There were 43 laboratory-confirmed cases reported the week of Feb. 27-March 5. As of March 5, 2022, the most recent date for which flu statistics are available, there have been 733 laboratory-confirmed cases for the current season. The cases involved 462 individuals from New Castle County, 103 from Kent County and 168 from Sussex County. This number reflects only the number of lab-confirmed cases; the actual number of cases circulating statewide is likely higher as not all people with the flu seek treatment, and many cases are diagnosed through rapid test kits in a provider's office versus a lab.

All individuals 6 months and older are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated against the flu if they haven't already. Flu vaccines are available at pharmacies (including those in grocery stores), participating medical provider offices, Federally Qualified Health Centers (for their patients), as well as Division of Public Health clinics. DPH is also advising the public that the flu vaccine can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

For the latest information on the flu in Delaware, visit flu.delaware.gov.

Resources

Individuals with general questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email delaware211@uwde.org. Hours of operation are:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

Delawareans 18 or older are encouraged to download COVID Alert DE, Delaware's free exposure notification app to help protect your neighbors while ensuring your privacy. Download on the App Store or Google Play.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware's response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind or speech disabled can contact DPH by dialing 711 first using specialized devices (i.e. TTY, TeleBraille, voice devices). The 711 service is free and to learn more about how it works, please visit delawarerelay.com.

DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, and drink almost no sugary beverages.



Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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