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Health officials continue to urge testing for COVID-19

April 16, 2021 GMT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — There’s been a drop in demand for COVID testing. But the Delaware Emergency Management Agency said it will not be scaling back its coronavirus community testing sites.

The Delaware State News reported Friday that state officials are encouraging Delawareans to keep getting tested even after they are vaccinated.

“The numbers are going down,” DEMA director A.J. Schall said. “We do know with a large percentage of people who at least have one shot, we figured there would be a decrease in testing. However with spring break and people traveling and the increase in our positive rate, it’s important to keep getting tested when you are in situations when you could potentially spread to others.”

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Delaware averaged 4,981 tests per day during the past week. That number was more than 9,000 tests per day for a good portion of December and at times in January.

Health officials say that anyone who has traveled out of state should get tested three to five days after they return. Anyone who has been around large crowds should also seek out testing. People who are vaccinated should still get tested if they think they have been exposed to the virus.