- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 31, 2021

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state of Delaware is posting its highest COVID-19 numbers of the month.

The Delaware State News reported Tuesday that the state is averaging 284.6 new positive cases per day over the last seven days.

That is the highest total since Feb. 28.

COVID-related hospitalizations have also risen to 134. That is the most since March 2.

The Delaware Division of Public Health reported 187 new positive cases on Tuesday. That brings the state’s total to 94,573. The state also announced seven newly reported coronavirus-related deaths. The total count of people who’ve died is now 1,559.

DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said some of the variants of the virus could be behind the recent increases.

“It really is important that we don’t let our guard down at this point as we are seeing some slight increases,” said Dr. Rattay.

Meanwhile, Gov. John Carney will increased capacity for outdoor venues to 150 individuals. The change will go into effect Thursday at 8 a.m. He kept indoor capacity at 50%.

“We’re in the last couple miles of the marathon,” Carney said. “We need to run through hard, we need to run through the finish line and, to do that, we need to do the things we were instructed to from the beginning - keep social distancing, sanitize your hands and most importantly, wear that mask. It’s a small sacrifice to make to make sure that your favorite restaurant can get back to business with full capacity.”

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