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DHSS Press Release

Molly Magarik, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Cell 302-357-7498

DPH Media Contact:
Mary Fenimore

Date: October 8, 2021

Cumulative covid-19 Death count nears 2,000

DOVER (OCT. 8, 2021) - The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing an update on the most recent statistics related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delaware, as of 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccinations (as of 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8):

Delawareans who are fully vaccinated have significant protection from COVID-19 infection, serious illness and death. All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. For the latest information on the COVID-19 vaccine in Delaware, visit Delaware's latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at

COVID-19 Case Vaccination Status Report:

The following report captures a weekly breakdown of vaccination status for cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame for Sept. 27 - Oct. 3. The report highlights the significant percentage of cases and hospitalized individuals in Delaware who are unvaccinated, or only partially vaccinated

Weekly Overview
(9/27 -10/3)
# of Cases
Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated 2493
Total 3164
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated 79%
# of Cases
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized Cases 88
Total Hospitalized 111
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized 79%
# of Cases
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Covid-19 Deaths 7
Total Covid-19 deaths 11
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Covid-19 Deaths 64%

Breakthrough Cases (cumulative since vaccinations began):

A breakthrough case is defined as testing positive for COVID-19 after an individual has been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more - although it does not mean that the infection occurred after vaccination.

COVID-19 Variant Cases in Delaware:

In the last week, 631 test samples were sequenced through routine surveillance of test specimens. Of those test samples, 397 (62.9%) sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were three additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. Out of the 400 variant positive samples, all but two were identified as the Delta strain; one Mu variant and one Gamma variant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated the classifications of known COVID-19 variants. Currently, the Delta variant is the only variant being monitored by the CDC as a "variant of concern" and no other variants are currently classified as "variants of interest." For more information regarding CDC variant classifications, visit

Long-term Care Statistics:

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, there have been a total of 2,900 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 847 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.



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 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

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

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

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.