Week 44: A downward trend in Sussex County

State health officials have plans to administer second doses of vaccine
February 12, 2021

Statewide and Sussex County COVID-19 positive cases and hospitalizations are trending down in early February.

On Feb. 6, there were 55 COVID-19 patients were hospitalized in Sussex County, compared with a peak of 122 persons on Jan. 20. Positive cases have fallen in 2021 from a high of 332 on Jan. 8 to 114 new cases on Feb. 6.


State announces plans for second doses

Registration for second-dose COVID-19 vaccine Curative events opened Feb. 11.

Registration is available at:



Next week’s second-dose events will be hosted from Feb. 15-19 at Delaware Technical Community College campuses in Georgetown, Dover and Wilmington. The events are planned for Phase 1A-eligible Delaware workers and 65+ Delawareans who received their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at state-sponsored large vaccination events. In total, 3,800 second dose appointments will be available. Anyone without proof of first vaccination on or before Jan. 18 will be turned away from the vaccination events, even if they have an appointment.


Those who received their first vaccination on or before Jan. 18 at an enrolled pharmacy or healthcare provider should contact their provider or pharmacy to schedule a second-dose appointment before attempting to register for a state-sponsored event. State health officials will allocate second-dose vaccines to enrolled providers as close to the 21- to 28-day window as federal supply allows.

Additional state-sponsored, second-dose events are expected to begin as early as Saturday, Feb. 20, for individuals who received their first dose at state-sponsored events.

Only Moderna vaccines will be administered at the Curative second-dose sites.

Learn more at

Delawareans who have lost their vaccination card should email their full name and date of birth to

Visit for the latest information on Delaware’s COVID-19 response. Find testing events and locations at


Vaccinations in Sussex County

So far in Sussex County, 30,136 people (15 percent of the total county population) have been vaccinated out of a total of 125,756 people vaccinated statewide (13 percent of total population).

The breakdown in Sussex:

Female: 18,234

Male: 11,878

65-plus: 19,391, 64 percent

50-64: 5,319, 21 percent

35-49: 3,414, 18 percent

White: 15,259, 51 percent

Black: 462, 2 percent

Hispanic: 407, 1 percent

Unknown: 7,199, 24 percent

Multiple or another race: 6,656, 22 percent


Occupancy numbers change on Feb. 12

As of 8 a.m., Friday, Feb. 12, occupancy inside restaurants, retail locations, gyms, houses of worship, arts venues and other business locations all are limited to 50 percent of stated fire capacity.

Under the modification to the state of emergency, some occupancy numbers increased, while others decreased slightly.

Restaurant, gym and senior centers occupancy will increase from 30 percent to 50 percent capacity, while occupancy at retail stores, malls, personal care operations, casinos and pools will decrease from 60 percent to 50 percent.

In addition, high school athletes will now be given two tickets, up from one, for relatives to attend events. Businesses must continue to follow social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions issued by local and state governments.

To see the modification, go to

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