Josette Manning Sworn in a Secretary of DHSS

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Molly Magarik has stepped down as Secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and Josette Manning was sworn in as the next secretary Monday. The move was announced last month when Governor John Carey made several nominations to key administrative posts. The Governor nominated Josette Manning, who has been the Secretary of…

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Public Town Hall Meeting in Georgetown on State Service Reimaged Project

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services will host a Town Hall meeting Tuesday, July 18th, to share the findings, upcoming improvements and feedback from the community on its State Service Reimaged Project. DHSS is changing how services are delivered and your input is needed. There will also be a resource fair with representatives…

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Recovery Resources for Sussex County Tornado

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“Care4Sussex” can offer help to those affected by the April 1 deadly tornado in Sussex County. Delaware 211 is a resource center powered by United Way of Delaware. Dial 2-1-1, call 1-800-560-3372, or text your zip code to 898211 after 8 a.m. on April 10. FROM THE DEMA WEBSITE: To aid in the ongoing recovery…

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DE DHSS to Issue Monthly Emergency Benefits on Nov. 23

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Emergency Benefits for November for eligible Delaware households will be issued by the Division of Social Services on Wednesday, November 23rd. These benefits will be issued as part of SNAP and two cash assistance programs – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and General Assistance. Additional information from DHSS Press Release: The SNAP emergency food benefit…

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DE to Issue Monthly Emergency Benefits

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DHSS will issue emergency benefits for October to eligible households as part of the State’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.   In a release from DHSS: Benefits will be issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and two cash assistance programs – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General…

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DHSS to Issue Emergency Benefits for September

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Delaware Division of Social Services will issue emergency benefits for September to eligible households as part of the State’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 public health emergency. Benefits will be issued as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and two cash assistance programs – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and General Assistance…

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Work-Release Walk Away Quickly Apprehended

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An offender from the Sussex Community Corrections Center in Georgetown who walked away from an approved outside work assignment within the facilities programs area has been apprehended. According to the Delaware Department of Correction, 26 year old Ryan Gray of Georgetown was apprehended quickly by the Sussex Escapee Recovery Team. There is NO concern to…

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Del. Overdose Deaths Reach Monthly High In May 2022

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Delaware health officials are concerned that more lives may be lost at a faster rate due to overdose connected to deadly fentanyl or the increasing use of cocaine.According to Delaware Health and Social Services, 42 people died in May of suspected overdoses, based on findings from the Delaware Division of Forensic Science. That is a…

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DHSS: Del. Overdose Deaths Rose 15% In 2021

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Overdoses claimed the lives of 515 people in Delaware in 2021, a record for one year and a 15% increase from 2020.The Delaware Division of Forensic Science annual report also indicates that 425 of those 515 deaths involved fentantyl. That is a slight decrease from the previous year. However, overdose deaths linked to cocaine increased…

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Gov. Carney Revises, Extends Public Health Emergency Order

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Delaware’s Public Health Emergency Order was revised and extended for 30 days Thursday by Governor John Carney. State law requires that a public health emergency declaration be extended every 30 days. According to Carney’s office, the action allows the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs and allows staffing…

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Rabid Fox Found in Rehoboth Beach Neighborhood

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is advising Sussex County residents, who live or spend time near the area of Bayard Avenue and Philadelphia Street in Rehoboth Beach, of a positive case of rabies in a fox. One individual, a non-Delaware resident, was potentially exposed to the fox in the residential neighborhood. The fox was tested for…

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DHSS Offers Naloxone Training This Month In Sussex Co.

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Free training in the use of Naloxone, a medication proven effective in reversing the effects of an opioid overdose, will be offered in Delaware this month and in April. The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services’ Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health will make training available in Georgetown, Lewes, Seaford and Ocean View.…

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P-EBT Program Returns For ’21-22 School Year

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Delaware households with children affected by school closures or reduced in-person hours or attendance caused by COVID-19 will receive emergency food assistance benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. Eligible households will receive P-EBT benefits for each school day that their child did not receive meals at school during the current school year…

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Where Can The Homeless Find Shelter From The Cold?

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Shelters for the homeless are open and available during the winter, thanks to volunteers and the non-profit Code Purple. Beds can be found on a nightly basis, but capacity at shelters is limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to maintain social distance. If you encounter a homeless person, the Delaware Housing Alliance…

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New COVID-19 Cases Spike In Del. – Weekly Update

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Delaware has now detected more than three dozen cases of coronavirus linked to the Omicron variant. Delaware Public Health also reports that new records for daily new cases of COVID-19 were set on consecutive days, with more than 1,500 new cases counted Friday. Nearly 1,300 new cases were reported Sunday. Hospitalizations are now below 400,…

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Donovan Smith Community in Lewes Closer to Municipal Water & Sewer

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Delaware state agencies today officially moved to connect the Donovan Smith community in Lewes to municipal water and sewer, which is the pilot project of the Clean Water Initiative for Underserved Communities established by Gov. John Carney. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today by the secretaries of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)…

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COVID-19 Vax Available For Homebound Delawareans

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Delawareans who are not able to get out for a COVID-19 vaccination can now arrange to get the shot by calling a new toll-free number. Delaware Health and Social Services announced Tuesday that the service is available for eligible seniors and people with disabilities who may be homebound or people with a serious illness. DHSS…

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Kent Co. Woman Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

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An 87-year-old Kent County woman has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, according to Delaware Public Health. DPH said Tuesday that because the woman had no travel history, that means she contracted West Nile in Delaware. She was the third person to test positive for the mosquito-borne illness in 2021. Although the weather is cooling…

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