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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 18, 2022
DHSS-3-2022





WEEKLY COVID-19 UPDATE - MARCH 18, 2022:
CASES CONTINUE TO DECLINE; DPH PROVIDES UPDATES ON TESTING COVERAGE AND ENCOURAGES GETTING BOOSTERS NOW


DOVER, DE (March 18, 2022) - The Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing an update on COVID-19 statistics in Delaware, as of Thursday, March 17, 2022:

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations:

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. For a location near you, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine.. 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 March 7 - March 13, 2022. Going forward, DPH will report out only breakdowns for non-boosted cases (which includes the number of cases not fully vaccinated as well), as that is a stronger indicator of vaccine effectiveness in preventing infection, hospitalizations and death.

Weekly Overview
(3/7/22 - 3/13/22)
# of Non-boosted Cases
Total Non-boosted 377
Total 497
Percent of Non-boosted Cases 76%
Non-boosted Hospitalizations # of Cases
Total Non-boosted Hospitalizations 23
Total Hospitalizations 33
Percent of Non-boosted Hospitalizations 70%
Non-boosted Deaths # of Cases
Total Non-boosted Deaths 5
Total COVID-19 Deaths 6
Percent of Non-boosted Deaths 83%

DPH says Boosted is Better

DPH is encouraging everyone who is eligible for a booster, but has not yet gotten one to do so. According to the My Healthy Community Vaccine Tracker, while 68.2% of those 65+ have received a booster/additional dose, only one-third (35.7%) of Delaware's eligible population as a whole has.

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study showing that receiving 2 or 3 doses of a mRNA COVID-19 vaccine was associated with a 90% reduction in risk in needing to be placed on a ventilator or dying. During Omicron, the risk for those who received a booster dose was reduced to 94%. This data supports a growing body of evidence showing:

DPH says now, while cases are low, is the best time to get your booster so that you are prepared in the event of a surprise COVID-19 surge. Additionally, with the upcoming Spring Break and reports of recent COVID-19 surges in Western Europe, South Korea and China, DPH reminds Delawareans that receiving a booster will decrease the chances of citizens bringing the deadly virus back from vacation spots. Spring Break often includes congregating in large groups and increases the chance for a person to contract COVID-19 and then return home to a loved one who may suffer from underlying conditions. Underlying conditions makes people more susceptible to COVID-19.

For more information concerning booster-doses, visit our website at de.gov/boosters.

Those who are eligible for a booster are recommended to seek one at existing vaccine sites including pharmacies, health care providers, Federally Qualified Health Centers (for patients), and the following standing DPH Vaccine sites:

DPH will discontinue services at the DPH Standing Vaccine Sites after March 31. Individuals can still get vaccinated at DPH clinics, updates on new locations for Curative testing will be provided as details become available.

Changes in Federal Program May Impact Testing for Uninsured
Changes at the federal level set to take effect Monday, March 21, may result in some COVID-19 testing providers deciding to no longer offer free testing to uninsured individuals. Those without insurance can still access free testing at Division of Public Health clinics. Those who have insurance are encouraged to seek testing at locations outside of DPH. For a list of testing locations statewide visit de.gov/gettested. You are encouraged to contact the testing site to verify insurance requirements.

Long-term Care Statistics:

As of Thursday, March 17, there have been a total of 3,642 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 926 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.

Flu Update:

DPH reminds the public that flu season is not over. There were 64 laboratory-confirmed cases reported the week of March 6-March 13. As of March 13, 2022, the most recent date for which flu statistics are available, there have been 797 laboratory-confirmed cases for the current season. The cases involved 488 individuals from New Castle County, 113 from Kent County and 196 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. There may be technical discrepancies of reporting numbers week to week due to retroactive reporting of cases.

All individuals 6 months and older may still 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.

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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