Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Delaware

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September 14, 2022
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Counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Delaware

The vaccine deployment in December 2020 signaled a turning point in the COVID-19 pandemic. By the end of May 2021, 40% of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated. But as vaccination rates lagged over the summer, new surges of COVID-19 came, including Delta in the summer of 2021, and now the Omicron variant, which comprises the majority of cases in the U.S.

Researchers around the world have reported that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta, making breakthrough and repeat infections more likely.

The United States as of Sep. 28 reached over 1 million COVID-19-related deaths and 96.2 million COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. Currently, 67.8% of the population is fully vaccinated, and 48.7% of vaccinated people have received booster doses.

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with highest COVID-19 infection rates in Delaware using data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and vaccination data from Covid Act Now. Counties are ranked by the highest infection rate per 100,000 residents within the week leading up to Sep. 22, 2022. Cumulative cases per 100,000 served as a tiebreaker.

Keep reading to see whether your county ranks among the highest COVID-19 infection rates in your state.

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#3. Sussex County, DE

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 120 (281 new cases, +14% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 30,619 (71,718 total cases)
--- 2.7% less cases per 100k residents than Delaware
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 384 (899 total deaths)
--- 21.1% more deaths per 100k residents than Delaware
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 70.6% (165,298 fully vaccinated)
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#2. Kent County, DE

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 133 (241 new cases, -13% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 32,941 (59,553 total cases)
--- 4.7% more cases per 100k residents than Delaware
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 383 (692 total deaths)
--- 20.8% more deaths per 100k residents than Delaware
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 57.8% (104,419 fully vaccinated)
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#1. New Castle County, DE

- New cases per 100k in the past week: 161 (900 new cases, +9% change from previous week)
- Cumulative cases per 100k: 31,206 (174,362 total cases)
--- 0.8% less cases per 100k residents than Delaware
- Cumulative deaths per 100k: 268 (1,497 total deaths)
--- 15.5% less deaths per 100k residents than Delaware
- Population that is fully vaccinated: 71.1% (397,327 fully vaccinated)

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