The daily number of new coronavirus cases dropped to 198 in the Wednesday report from the Delaware Division of Public Health.
That was down sharply from the 344 reported on Tuesday but may also reflect the “lumpy” reporting of results from labs that can take anywhere from 24 hours to a few days for processing.
In recent days, positive tests had risen above 400. The state is also detecting new cases through stepped-up testing, with more than 100,000 tests now being administered monthly.
Delaware had seen coronavirus cases in the range of 100 during the summer.
The number of deaths rose by one to 742.
The percentage of people testing positive was 14.1 based on a seven-day rolling average, up one-tenth of one percent from the previous day and well above the five percent figures reported last summer.
Five and a half percent of total tests were positive under the seven-day rolling average, unchanged in recent days. The percentage of positive tests to total tests takes into account people who have been getting multiple tests.
Early this week, the state’s corrections system reported 18 cases in one prison building after a period where few cases were reported.
The closely watched figure of current hospitalizations rose to 153, unchanged from a day earlier. The hospitalization figure had fallen into the 50s last summer but has been rising steadily.
The surge in cases led Gov. John Carney to reduce restaurants’ capacity to 30 percent from 60 percent, effective Monday.
For more data, including breakdowns by age, sex, race/ethnicity, at the statewide, county, and, in some cases, ZIP code or census tract level: https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state