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On the final weekend before phase two of reopening in Delaware begins, the number of current coronavirus hospitalizations in the state dropped below 100 for the first time since early April.
On both Friday and Saturday this weekend, the number of people hospitalized due to COVID-19 was 93, and the state has seen less than 25 new hospitalizations for five consecutive days, a trend that also hasn't happened since the state started tracking and sharing those numbers.
he state reported just 35 new positive cases Sunday based off of information available through Saturday. That total number is now 10,264. The state added three new coronavirus deaths to its data Sunday, elevating that total to 422.
Phase two of the state's reopening will begin Monday. Certain businesses can increase their capacity to 60% and indoor gatherings can increase to 50 people.
While the recent numbers in Delaware are a positive development, other states around the country are seeing increases in cases and hospitalizations just weeks after broader re-openings.
“Delawareans need to remain vigilant," Gov. John Carney said last week in a statement announcing phase two of the reopening plan. "Keep distance from others outside your household. Wash and sanitize your hands frequently. Wear a face covering in public settings, and act with a sense of community. This pandemic is not over. Now’s not the time to let up.”
Hospitalizations in Delaware peaked on April 27, when 337 people were hospitalized due to complications from the virus. But the number has trended downward since. Saturday there were 93, down from 103 one week prior and 160 one week before that.
Another welcoming trend for state officials is the percent of people testing positive. That number has hovered around 2% over the last four days, down from about 5% in the nine days prior, according to state data.
Delaware has yet to have a day in June when 100 or more positive cases were added.
Those who have paid close attention to the state's online coronavirus trackermay have noticed a new feature late this past week on the dashboard. While Delaware says it has 422 total coronavirus deaths, only 397 of them are listed as "confirmed" deaths while 25 are listed under "probable."
The calculation isn't necessarily new, a spokesperson for the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services said.
Delaware has been using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's case definition to classify cases/deaths since the agency updated its case definition on April 11.
Per the CDC, "probable" cases and deaths include individuals who had clinically consistent symptoms and were exposed to a confirmed case, but were never tested.
Delaware has been using that case definition since April. The change was made to the public-facing dashboard this week to "be consistent with the CDC's data reporting," the spokesperson said.