Throughout the United States, coronavirus cases are climbing. Only two states have started to see a decline in new infections, according to data from the New York Times. In the last two weeks, Arizona and Delaware have shown a downward trajectory in COVID-19 cases. Although, with this being said, Arizona may be the sole state on that list soon.
Recently, Delaware has seen a slight uptick in coronavirus results, even after reporting the lowest number on new positive cases in two weeks on Tuesday, July 21. Delaware’s 7-day rolling average has started to see an increase.
On July 21st, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported only 39 new cases, compared to 137 the day before. The moving average has increased to just under 93 new daily cases. Two weeks ago the average was 70 new daily cases.
Current hospitalizations in Delaware are also on the rise. On July 21, the DPH reported 61 hospitalizations throughout the entire state, a number that has increased for the third day in a row.
On Tuesday, New Jersey added Delaware to their quarantine travel advisory. States on this list are seen as COVID-19 hotspots and advises travelers to voluntarily self-quarantine for 14 days to prevent spread of the virus.
“I’m mad as hell, frankly, and it doesn’t make any sense,” Carney said at a news conference on Tuesday. “It makes no sense. We’re better today than when we were first put on the list two weeks ago. And we’re better today than we were last week, when we were taken off the list.”
While Delaware’s figures have dropped in the last week, the state’s future spread is uncertain.
Carney argued the state is being penalized by numbers that don’t reflect Delaware’s pandemic response. He said the state’s small population and extensive testing has resulted in anomalies that don’t accurately depict the severity of COVID-19 in Delaware.
Carney also announced a pause on reopening last month. Delaware decided not to move into Phase 3 of their reopening plan. Although the precautionary measure lowered the state’s numbers, it seems that cases are rising once again.
As of Wednesday, July 22, Delaware has reported 13,792 confirmed cases and 527 deaths, according to the DPH.