Jeff Neiburg Via Delaware news Journal
The number of deaths linked to COVID-19 in Delaware topped 1,000 Friday as the state reported seven new fatalities due to complications from the coronavirus, bringing the pandemic total to 1,002.
In a statement Friday, Delaware Gov. John carney called it a "grim milestone in our fight against this virus.
"Each one was a precious life. They each had family and friends. Tracey and I are thinking about all of those Delawareans who are missing a loved one."
The latest seven deaths ranged in age from 69 to 93. All seven had underlying health conditions and three were residents of a Delaware long-term care facility. Such facilities have for 531 of the state's 1,002 deaths (53%).
Through Thursday evening, 451 people were currently hospitalized due to complications from the virus. That was down from 474 two days prior, which was a record-high. Another positive sign in data reported Friday is the percentage of tests coming back positive. The seven-day average fell to 8.6%, the lowest it has been since the last week of December.
The state reported 673 new cases Friday. The seven-day average daily case count is at 755.3.
As of Friday, 36,634 doses of the vaccine had been administered in the state, which still has more than 40,000 doses on hand.
While Delaware passed a milestone Friday, the state's death rate per capita remains on the lower end nationwide. Delaware's rate of deaths per 100,000 people ranks 29th in the country.