Delaware saw a surge in hospitalizations in the Monday report from the Delaware Division of Public health.
Hospitalizations, as of Sunday night, totaled 428, up sharply from 403 a day earlier. During the low-point of the pandemic, hospital stays at fallen into the high 20s. Hospitalizations have been rising from fall into winter as more people spend time indoors and get-togethers are held.
A total of 60 individuals in critical condition down four from a day earlier.
A total of 45 new hospital admission were reported, up five from the previous day.
The hospitalization figure is well above the spring pandemic peak of more than 330 and came after Halloween and Thanksgiving get-togethers. Cases arising from late December holiday gatherings are not expected to show up until January.
The number of people who have died from coronavirus complications rose by one to 898. The individual in their 70s resided in New Castle County, had underlying health conditions, and resided in a long-term care facility.
The number of persons testing positive was 444, down from 572 on Sunday night. The average number of positive tests has been in the 700 range.
The reduction in positive cases is likely due to far fewer tests during the holidays and delays in getting results back during that period
At the low point of the Covid-19 pandemic, positive cases moved into the 100 range.
The percentage of people testing positive as of Sunday night was 22.7 in the seven-day rolling average, up five-tenths of a percent from the previous day.
The percentage of positive tests to total tests was 8.7 under the seven-day rolling average, down two-tenths of a percent from the previous day. The positive to total test percentage takes into account people who have been tested more than once.