Delaware announced 192 additional cases of coronavirus on Friday, continuing the trend of relatively strong daily gains compared to two weeks ago in July fourth.

Of these, 159 positive cases were reported on Thursday, while 33 came from test results from the past few days, state officials said on Friday.

The state reported two more deaths from the virus on Friday, bringing the number of people who died in Delaware to 512 due to coronavirus complications.

Delaware has seen an increase in new cases compared to the rate of new cases two weeks ago. From the age of 18, the state reported an average of 56 new cases per day. According to government data, this average rose to 127 by Thursday.

The state reported 221 new cases on Thursday, the highest daily increase since May.

State health authorities consider the percentage of positive cases and the number of hospital stays as important indicators for the spread of COVID-19. At a press conference this week, Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the public health department, said that anything above 5% of positive cases is considered a “red flag”.

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According to government data, this number was 6% on Thursday.

The state reported a total of 11,923 cases on Friday.

According to the state, hospital stays are falling as the daily number of new cases increases.

The number of people fighting the virus in the hospital has dropped by 10 in the numbers reported on Friday. 57 people are currently hospitalized in Delaware for COVID-19, 13 of which are considered seriously ill by the state.

All of this comes before the holiday weekend celebrations, one of the busiest for Delaware’s beach communities.

Since June 21, the state has seen a significant increase in cases of Rehoboth-Dewey Beach postcodes. According to the state, many of these cases affect young people and beach dwellers.

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Other states closed their beaches before the weekend, but Delaware’s beaches remain open. Governor John Carney ordered the bar service in east Sussex to be closed before the busy weekend.

Some resorts require masks within their borders and on their beaches.

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