Updated COVID-19 Vaccines Recommended for Everyone 6 Months and Older

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The CDC is recommending that everyone 6-months and older get an updated Covid-19 vaccine as the virus becomes more prevalent this fall and winter. This comes after the FDA approved and authorized for emergency use updated vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna which are formulated to target currently circulating variants. The updated COVID-19 vaccines will soon…

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1st Case of New Covid Variant Detected in Delaware

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The Delaware Public Health Laboratory (DPHL) has identified a case of SARS-CoV-2 lineage BA.2.86 from a specimen provided to the laboratory for testing. This is the first case of BA.2.86 detected in Delaware. According to the CDC, based on current information, existing tests used to detect and medications used to treat COVID-19 continue to be…

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CDC Raises DE Covid-19 Community Levels to High Statewide

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised Delaware’s COVID-19 community levels to the High category (red) in all three counties on July 28, 2022.   As a result, the Division of Public Health (DPH) is asking Delawareans to follow the CDC’s key strategies at this level of community spread:   Wear a well-fitting mask in indoor…

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Del. Mask Mandate In Court Facilities Expires Wed.

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The rule that requires Delaware court employees and members of the public to wear a mask in court facilities will be lifted this Wednesday, March 2nd. The mask mandate was implemented last August following a sharp rise in COVID-19 infections due to the spread of the Delta variant at the time. A mandatory testing program…

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Del. Public Health: COVID Takes No Holidays

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Health officials are urging Delawareans and visitors to protect themselves from coronavirus over Labor Day weekend, whether traveling or gathering with others. The CDC recommends that masks be worn in crowded settings, including outdoors, and during activities involving close contact with others. Delaware Public Health also strongly encourages wearing a mask indoors in public. Delaware…

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Worcester Schools To Urge, But Won’t Require Face Coverings For Now

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Worcester County Public Schools students, teachers and staff will have the option of wearing a mask when classes resume. WCPS will “highly recommend” universal masking, in conjunction with CDC guidance. The school system’s “Responsible Return 2.0” plan will attempt to distance students three feet apart in classrooms, and six feet or more elsewhere in school…

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Wicomico Co. Public Schools Implement Mask Requirement

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Students, staff and visitors to Wicomico County Public Schools will be required to wear a mask at indoor school facilities starting today. School officials said the policy is based on the recommendation of the CDC and the Maryland and Wicomico County Health Departments, based on the county’s high transmission rates of COVID-19. According to Superintendent…

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Del. Listeria Case Linked To Multi-State Outbreak

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Delaware Public Health has announced that the state has confirmed one case of Listeria in conection with an outbreak linked to recalled Tyson Foods ready-to-eat chicken products. DPH Monday said due to the small numbers of cases overall and to protect the privacy of all patients, additional information about the specific case would not be…

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Del. Emergency Order Update Eliminates Most Business Capacity Restrictions

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Governor John Carney Wednesday signed the 28th modification to the original state of emergency COVID-19 order, which allows most business capacity restrictions to go away effective May 21st. School bus distancing requirements are also updated, and other changes that were announced last week are formalized. According to Carney, the following changes take effect at 8:00…

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Coronavirus Vaccine Headed to DE

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Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced Delaware’s plans to distribute the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine that was granted Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Friday evening. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) also voted Saturday to recommend the use…

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DPH Officials Recommend Child Care Centers to Remain Open

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As Delaware moves into two weeks of public school closures – Public Health officials are not recommending the closure of non-public school child care settings.  Based on advice from the CDC and data from the 74,000 cases of coronavirus in China – only 2% of individuals under the age of 19 tested positive for the…

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Marylander being tested for coronavirus

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A Maryland resident is currently being tested for coronavirus. The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is reporting that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The person is currently in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to…

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VIDEO: WGMD News Week in Review 4/27/2019

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WATCH: Salisbury’s Mayor unveils the city’s 2020 budget, the CDC reports a “kissing bug” incident in Delaware, Joe Biden announces he’s running for President, and more! Join us for a look back at the week’s top stories on Delmarva!  

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CDC Warns of Multi-State E. Coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Delawareans of a multi-state outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. The lettuce could be contaminated with Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 and could make people sick. To date, there have been no confirmed cases reported in Delaware, but DPH urges consumers to take precautions to…

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Public Health Warning of Two Multi-state Outbreaks of Listeria in Deli Ham & Salmonella in Raw Chicken

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Delawareans of a multistate outbreak of Listeria infections linked to deli ham. Several companies have recalled ham products that could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria and could make people sick. To date, there have been no confirmed cases reported in Delaware, but DPH urges consumers…

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CDC Expands Romaine Lettuce Warning to ALL Types from Yuma, AZ Region

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UPDATED 4/25/18 – What’s New? Fourteen more ill people from eight states were added to this investigation since the last update on April 25, 2018. Three more states have reported ill people: Mississippi, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The most recent illness started on April 20, 2018. Illnesses that occurred in the last two to three weeks…

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