Rescue Plan Brings $16-M To Del. For COVID Vax Efforts

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Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program is getting a big boost through the American Rescue Plan Act. Members of Delaware’s Congressional Delegation visited Christiana Care Monday to detail how Delaware’s $16-million share of the package will support ongoing efforts to vaccinate more Delawareans. It helps to pay for supplies, testing and other expenses and functions with the…

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DHSS Updates Guidance to Visitation at DE Long-term Care Facilities

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The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) has updated its guidance to Delaware’s long-term care facilities following recent federal recommendations that allow for expanded indoor visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance was updated last week and was sent to the state’s 86 long-term care (LTC) facilities; it can be found here. The updated guidelines…

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DE Health Insurance Marketplace Opens Sunday

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Delawareans looking for health insurance will see a second straight year of reduced rates when they shop for 2021 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The marketplace’s eighth open enrollment period starts Sunday, Nov. 1, and ends Tuesday, Dec. 15, at www.HealthCare.gov, where consumers can renew existing coverage or sign up for a new plan. Coverage…

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Del. Introduces Recovery Referral Portal

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Delawareans in search of information and resources about substance use disorder or mental health treatment can find it through a new online platform. The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health worked with a national technology company to develop the online Behavioral Health Referral Portal. Features include a self-assessment tool, a searchable database of…

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Alternate Care Sites Being Set Up in NCCo for Overflow Coronavirus Patients

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The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) and the State Health Operations Center (SHOC) are announcing today the designation of alternative care sites (ACS) in New Castle County to accommodate overflow patients from Delaware hospital systems as they begin to experience a surge in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Sites for the southern part of…

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DHSS Ending All Walk-in Access to Public Offices

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The Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) is announcing that all walk-in access to its public offices will end beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, because of the potential risk for clients and DHSS employees in having in-person interactions. Client needs will now be met in person by appointment only, or through phone, email…

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Gov Carney Announces Statewide Testing Plan for Coronavirus

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On Friday, Governor John Carney announced a coordinated statewide plan (with Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware Healthcare Association, and each of the health care systems in Delaware) to ensure people with symptoms consistent with coronavirus have access to safe and efficient testing in the First State – at NO cost to patients.  Beginning Monday…

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DE Continues to Deal with Overdose Deaths

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Police in Ocean View have dealt with at least three overdoses in the past several weeks.  At the end of June a man was found passed out on a beach outside of the Giants.  With multiple hits of Narcan he was revived.  Two men in their 20s were not as lucky.  When they missed work…

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DE Health Officials Issue Warning to Heroin Users

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In a 24 hour period – 2 Delawareans have died from suspected overdoses involving heroin packets with the same stamp.  DHSS officials urge anyone active in drug use to seek help – but if you continue to use substances – you should have naloxone with you as your risk of death is increased.  Through Sunday,…

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