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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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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Del. Introduces Vax QR Code Feature

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Delawareans who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 will now have access to a QR code when downloading their record. This allows Delawareans to download a PDF version of the record, which resembles a vaccine card. The image can then be printed, or saved on a phone gallery. The QR code can be shown instead of…

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Masks In School Extended till February 8 in Delaware

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Governor John Carney, the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Monday formally issued regulations that will extend the emergency masking requirement in public and private K-12 schools until February 8. ​ The extension was previously announced by Governor Carney, DHSS, and DOE last month. The regulations are…

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Home Tattoo Operation in Millsboro Closed by DE Public Health

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On Thursday, Dec. 9,  2021, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) ordered a Millsboro man to cease tattooing activities in his home, in violation of Title 16 of the Delaware Code. Body art activities should only be performed in DPH-permitted facilities. Private residences are not properly equipped for these activities to be performed safely. DPH…

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UPDATED: SCAM ALERT for Bogus Vaccination Validations by Text Message

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The Division of Public Health has been alerted to a potential scam involving text messages that appear to be related to vaccination validation. The messages reference DPH and DelDOT and include a website link that asks for personal information. This text message is BOGUS and is NOT associated with DPH or any other state agency.…

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Del. Construction Industry Makes Naloxone Available To Workers, Supervisors

John Robinson (left) and Anne Carr of the DPH Office of Health Crisis Response train a group of Bancroft Construction workers Nov. 18, on the use of Narcan, a medication that can reverse the effects of opioids in an overdose situation and can potentially save a life. DPH has partnered with the construction industry to provide substance use disorder resources and training for workers.
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A partnership between Delaware Public Health and the construction industry has made the overdose-reversing medication Narcan available to construction workers at a University of Delaware construction site in Newark. It may be just the beginning. Construction supervisors are also getting training about overdose, stigma associated with addition, and training in how to use the medication.…

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DE DPH Endorses COVID-19 Booster Vaccines for Anyone 18 and Older

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Following action today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) advisory committee, Delaware’s Division of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging all fully vaccinated Delawareans 18 and older to get a booster dose of Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines. On Friday, the…

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Gov. Carney Extends School Mask Mandate

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Delaware’s emergency masking requirement in public and private K-12 schools has been extended until February 8th, under action taken Wednesday by Governor John Carney, the Delaware Department of Education and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. The current mandate is set to expire December 10th, with the option of a 60-day extension. The…

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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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DPH Confirms Season’s 1st Flu Cases

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The flu has arrived in Delaware. Delaware Public Health said Monday that the season’s first two cases of influenza have been laboratory-confirmed. One involves a 26-year-old Sussex County woman with influenza A. A Kent County child under age five required hospitalization for Influenza strain B. Neither of them had received the flu vaccine. “This first…

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