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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 29, 2021


DOVER (OCT. 29, 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. 28, 2021.

COVID-19 Vaccinations:

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 Oct. 18 - Oct 24. The report highlights the significant percentage of unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated individuals comprising Delaware's cases and hospitalizations.

Weekly Overview
(10/18 - 10/24)
# of Cases
Total Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated 1603
Total 2166
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated 74%
# of Cases
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized 48
Total Hospitalized 71
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Hospitalized 68%
# of Cases
Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Covid-19 Deaths 15
Total Covid-19 deaths 17
Percent of Unvaccinated / Partially Vaccinated Covid-19 Deaths 88%

Breakthrough Cases:

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, 118 test samples were sequenced through routine surveillance of test specimens. Of those test samples, 95 (41.1%) sequenced at the DPH Lab were positive for a variant strain, as were 23 additional specimens sequenced at an outside lab. Out of the 118 variant positive samples, all were identified as the Delta strain. Due to a technical issue, the number of specimens sampled this week was reduced. The issue is being resolved.

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

DPH COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Units:

DPH officials in partnership with medical staff from the Delaware National Guard (DNG) have launched mobile units to offer COVID-19 vaccines in underserved communities. With the official start of Flu Season, the flu vaccine will also be available and can be administered at the same time as the COVID-19 vaccine.

The mobile units, which utilize trailers to transport the vaccine and provide vaccinations, are scheduled to visit these communities in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties next week. COVID-19 testing will be available at each location.

Monday, November 1
Delmar Wawa, 38711 Sussex Hwy, Delmar, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Laurel Royal Farm, 30983 Sussex Hwy, Laurel, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 2
Diamond Court, 35 Diamond Court, Harrington, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Byler's Store, 17104 S Dupont Hwy, Harrington, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3
Royal Farms, 6538 Hall Town Road, Hartly, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Rose Hill Community Center, 19 Lambson Lane, New Castle, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Calvary Baptist Church, 410 Fulton Street, Dover, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Adams Four Shopping Center, 800 West Third Street, Wilmington, 2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 4
Dollar General, 701 N Porter Street, Seaford, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Glasgow Trailer Court, 268 Cornell Drive, Newark, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Friday, November 5
Bethel Market, 7743 Main Street, Bethel, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Capital Park, 1 President Drive, Dover, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Brandywine Apartments, 2726 Jacqueline Drive, Wilmington, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 6
Tabernacle Full Gospel Baptist Church, 501 North Washington Street, Wilmington, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*dates may be rescheduled if there is inclement weather

For a full list of community-based events statewide including those organized by vaccinating partners and community groups at


Long-term Care Statistics:

As of 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, there have been a total of 2,918 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 858 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.