By 1808Delaware

It has been a year unlike any other in most people’s lifetimes, one dominated by a single situation. Even the civil unrest and dynamic presidential election were dwarfed by the enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When 2020 began, phrases like “social distancing” were not used in everyday conversation. Taking a look at a single weekend — in this case, the last weekend of the year — shows just what a different world it is, including here in central Ohio.

Consider these statistics shared by the Delaware Public Health District on Friday, just before the weekend began:

  • Laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases — 7,113
  • Probable cases — 1,530
  • Total cases — 8,643
  • Recovered cases — 6,997 (after clearance from isolation)
  • Age range of cases — <1 to 90 plus years with a median age of 40
  • Sex breakdown — 48% male, 52% female
  • Percentage of cases which are:
    • Health care workers — 3.4%
    • First responders — 0.5%
    • K-12 students or staff — 10.6%
    • Have pre-existing conditions — 34.39%
    • Have no observable symptoms — 12%
  • Current hospitalizations — 40
  • Total hospitalizations — 164
  • Deaths — 53, Median age of 82

Again, that was Friday. On Monday, these were the new numbers shared by the District, showing the continue spread of the virus:

  • Laboratory confirmed COVID-19 cases — 7,685 (increase of 572)
  • Probable cases — 1,708 (increase of 178)
  • Total cases — 9,393 (increase of 750)
  • Recovered cases — 6,997 (increase of 325)
  • In isolation/quarantine — 2,876
  • Completed isolation/quarantine — 13,937
  • Current hospitalizations — 41 (increase of 1)]
  • Total hospitalizations — 166 (increase of 2)
  • Deaths — 58 (increase of 5)

The Delaware Public Health District posts current COVID-19 numbers at approximately 2:00 PM each weekday on Twitter. You can find them here.

1808Delaware will have an update on pandemic numbers later this week, including the current reporting figures from Delaware County schools.

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