First 3 Human Cases of West Nile Virus Found in DE

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Delaware has it’s first 3 cases of West Nile Virus in humans – all are in New Castle County. Delaware Public Health officials say all three cases are in men aged 50 and older. They were all hospitalized due to infection from the mosquito-borne illness and it’s believed that all three contracted the illness locally…

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DE Monthly Overdose Deaths Continue to Rise

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Delaware Public Health officials are seeing an increase in suspected overdose deaths in Delaware since last November. Officials say suspected accidental overdose data is reported by the Division of Forensic Science and is considered preliminary until all data is finalized. The increase of suspected overdose deaths since November is 18.4%. Public Health officials say there…

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Covid-19 Cases Possibly Linked to Leg Hall; DPH Advises Masking & Social Distancing or Virtual Meetings

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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…

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DPH to Close Covid-19 & Vaccine Call Centers

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Due to a low volume of calls – Delaware Public Health will close the Covid-19 call center and the vaccine call center after Tuesday, January 31st. Critical Covid-19 information will still be available on the DPH Coronavirus website or by calling 2-1-1. Additional information from DPH: Delawareans may still access critical COVID-19 information on the…

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DNREC, DPH Now Accepting Wastewater, Surface Water and Drinking Water Planning Grant Proposals

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Delaware government agencies, county and municipal governments, and conservation districts can now submit proposals to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and the Delaware Division of Public Health to receive matching grants for wastewater, surface water and drinking water project planning. You must send your proposal by 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb.…

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DPH Announces First Flu-related Death in Delaware

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Delaware Public Health officials say the state has had its first suspected flu-related death. Officials say a Kent County resident between the ages of 55 and 64 was not reported as being vaccinated against the flu. Public Health officials say the flu started early this year – and has been very active in the First…

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DPH Launches ‘My Health Community’ Influenza Dashboard

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The Delaware Division of Public Health has launched a My Healthy Community Influenza Dashboard. This will share weekly and seasonal data on positive cases, hospitalizations, deaths and vaccinations in the state in an effort to provide an accurate picture of flu activity in Delaware. The number of flu cases in Delaware has increased since the…

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DPH Community Assessments Underway to Improve Future Health in DE

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As part of the Delaware State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), the Delaware Division of Public Health will conduct a series of community health assessments. These health assessments will help improve understanding of the health concerns and needs of Delaware communities and to improve the future health in Delaware. DPH has partnered with the University of…

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DPH Releases Annual Cancer Incidence & Mortality Report

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Delaware’s cancer death rate continues to decline. The Division of Public Health says that between 2005 and 2019, mortality rates for cancer at all locations throughout the body has decreased an average of 1.7% per year – both in Delaware and the U-S. However Delaware remains 15th highest in the U-S for the the period…

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New Covid-19 Cases Lower But Still a Concern

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The number of new cases of Covid-19 has declined since July, but Delaware Public Health officials say the disease is still among us – with higher levels in Kent and Sussex Counties. Case levels in New Castle County are listed as medium. Delawareans are urged to continue safe practices such as masking in crowded indoor…

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EEE Found in NCCo Sentinel Chicken

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A northern New Castle County sentinel chicken has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE. This is the first positive detection this summer in a sentinel chicken – it was tested on August 9th. There have been 5 positive cases of West Nile Virus in sentinel chickens, however, there have been no positive equine…

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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. 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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DPH UPDATE: Covid-19 Cases Increasing in DE; Flu Season Still Here

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reports an increase in COVID-19 cases since the previous monthly COVID-19 update released on April 22, 2022. While COVID-19 cases are increasing in Delaware, hospitalizations and deaths remain significantly lower when compared to the winter surge. DPH continues to encourage Delawareans to get tested if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed…

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DPH Offers Guidance & Resources to Navigate Infant Formula Supply Shortage

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The Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing guidance to families struggling to find formula due to a shortage caused by a supply chain issues, including avoiding taking certain measures that could be harmful to their infant’s health.  DPH sent out a letter from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration’s…

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Tue. Memorial Will Honor Delawareans Who Have Lost Their Lives Due To COVID

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A memorial takes place this week for Delawareans whose lives were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Tuesday’s service will also include the planting of a memorial tree. Also, the Yellow Heart Memorial will allow surviving family members to honor their loved ones.The COVID-19 Remembrance Memorial Service, hosted by Delaware Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Public Health…

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