Covid-19 Cases Possibly Linked to Leg Hall; DPH Advises Masking & Social Distancing or Virtual Meetings
Delaware Public Health reports that multiple positive cases of COVID-19 could be related to several in-person events last week in and around Legislative Hall. Out of an abundance of caution, Public Health officials are offering recommendations to those planning to attend Joint Finance Committee hearings beginning Tuesday Jan. 31, to mask and use social distancing to reduce any potential risk of spread of the virus. You can still attend and participate online – registering through the committee meeting page on the Joint Finance Committee’s homepage.
Additional information from Public Health: Regardless of vaccination status, you should stay home to isolate from others when you have COVID-19 for at least five days, followed by another five days of mask wearing when out in public.
You should also isolate if you have symptoms and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If your results are negative, it is recommended you take two tests 48 hours apart. It’s possible that you have COVID-19 but that it did not show up when you tested initially. If both tests come back negative, you can stop isolating.
If you find out you were in contact with someone who has COVID-19, begin wearing a high-quality mask or respirator (e.g., N95) any time you are around others either inside your home, or indoors in public. Wear a mask for 10 full days and do not go anywhere where you are unable to wear a mask. If you do not have symptoms, or do not develop symptoms, there is no need for you to stay home (quarantine). If symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other COVID-19 symptoms occur, isolate at home immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know the result.
For more information on COVID-19 testing visit de.gov/gettested. For more information about isolation and exposure recommendations visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/quarantine-isolation/. Finally for more information about masking visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/guidance-for-face-coverings/.
If you are over age 50, particularly if you have a chronic health condition, or are unvaccinated, you should talk to your health care provider about COVID-19 treatment options. You can learn more at de.gov/covidtreatments.
Individuals with general questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are:
- Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.