Delaware COVID-19 spike reverses two-month downward trend

A positive indicator is that only about one Delawarean has died each day for the past three weeks. It’s been two a day for the past two months.

dr. Rick Hong, medical director of the Delaware Division of Public Health, said the sudden reversal of a welcome trend is worrying officials, especially with the holiday season just over the horizon.

“We’re not happy about it,” Hong told WHYY News.

So what’s happening in Delaware and elsewhere in much of the United States, where cases have also increased in recent weeks?

Is it the return of colder weather and more people coming in to dine, watch basketball and play concerts?

Hong speculated that in Delaware those factors certainly play a role, along with a delayed effect from Halloween just over three weeks ago. Hong said the annual trick-or-treating festivities last year also fueled a surge in late fall.

That doesn’t bode well for Christmas and the colder months to come, he said.

“We are concerned, with the holidays approaching, we will continue to see this increase in cases and hospitalizations,” he said.

With Governor John Carney already saying he doesn’t expect new restrictions and a possible end to the school masking mandate in February, Hong reiterated what he and health officials have been saying for months to dismay.

“We still want to remind people that we want everyone to have a safe holiday, make sure you still remember to wear masks and make sure you keep social distancing and get your vaccine if you still can.” haven’t,” he said.

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