Maryland No. 1 State For Gender Equality

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Maryland is the top state for gender equality – that’s according to U-S News and World Report. The analysis cites Kindergarten through grade 12 education as a leading factor in achieving the nation’s top ranking and Maryland took the top spot in the education category. Maryland also scored in the top five states for the…

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Del. Public Health Reports 3 More Suspected Monkeypox Cases

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Delaware health officials now report six suspected cases of Monkeypox, which are considered probable pending CDC testing.The most recent three cases involve a 42-year-old Kent County man and two New Castle County men.Delaware Public Health officials said Thursday that based on the current number of cases and information available about the disease, the risk to…

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Cat in Pocomoke Area Tests Positive for Rabies

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A cat in Pocomoke has tested positive for rabies.According to the Worcester County Health Department, the rabid cat was located in the area of Colona Road, and is a dark gray striped, short-haired female.Anyone who has had contact with this animal contact is urged to contact the Worcester County Health Department at 410-641-9559. Post exposure…

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Raccoon in Salisbury Tests Positive for Rabies

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A raccoon in Salisbury has tested positive for rabies.According to the Wicomico County health Department, the rabid raccoon was in the area of Montrose Drive and Johnson Road.Residents and visitors in the area are advised to be aware of their surroundings and to avoid any contact with wild or stray animals. Rabies is fatal if…

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Del. Legislation Seeks To ban Single-Use Plastic Coffee Stirrers, Polystyrene Containers At Restaurants

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Delaware restaurants would be prohibited from serving ready-to-eat food in polystyrene containers, under legislation that has been approved in the State Senate. Polystyrene is best known as Styrofoam. The bill, Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill 134, would also require restaurants to only provide single-use plastic straws if requested by a customer, and single-use plastic…

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VIDEO | Md. Transitions To COVIDReady Maryland Long-Term Preparation Plan

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Maryland now has a long-term plan to minimize the risk of COVID-19, transitioning from an emergency health response into an ongoing operation of state government.Governor Larry Hogan said Thursday that COVIDReady Maryland includes expanding test-to-treat services, which allow people to get tested, evaluated and treated during one visit at one location. The COVID-Ready Maryland plan…

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Md. Health Department Reports 2022’s 1st Heat-Related Death

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A 65-year-old man who lived in Baltimore County has died of heat-related causes, according to the Maryland Department of Health. “As this tragedy shows, heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can result in serious ailments and even death,” Maryland Health Department Deputy Secretary for Public Health Dr. Jinlene Chan. “During hot weather, Marylanders…

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Del. Public Health Emergency Order Extended For 30 Days

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Delaware’s Public Health Emergency order has been extended for another 30 days.Governor John Carney has taken the action to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs.“Positive cases are increasing here in Delaware and it’s important people stay one step ahead of COVID-19,” Carney said Thursday. “Keep doing…

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Del. Bill Proposes “Green Amendment” In State Constitution

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Delawareans would have a constitutional right to a clean and healthy environment, under legislation introduced in the Delaware General Assembly.The constitutional Green Amendment would add language to the Delaware Constitution to conserve, protect and maintain the state’s natural resources.House Bill 220 would represent the first leg of a constitutional Green Amendment. A two-thirds majority would…

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Wicomico Co. Addresses Addiction, Overdose Challenges

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Wicomico County is staying vigilant in its efforts to address the opioid epidemic, as local overdose numbers rise.The local health department, the Opioid Intervention Team, elected officials and members of law enforcement and emergency services recently met for a strategy session. “Although we cannot be sure what has specifically contributed to the increase in overdoses…

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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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PFAS Found In Untreated Well Water Across Del., Says USGS

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Contaminants known as PFAS have been found to be widely distributed in untreated well water in Delaware, with the highest number of types of chemicals in Sussex and New Castle Counties. The wells receive their groundwater from the Columbia aquifer, and samples found to contain the chemicals generally had low concentrations. Research is still going…

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Gov. Hogan Seeks To End Md. School Mask Mandate

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Governor Larry Hogan Thursday called upon the Maryland State Board of Education to rescind the school mask policy. In a letter to Board President Clarence Crawford, Hogan said it is critical to move toward normalcy for students and families by rescinding the school masking policy that was adopted by the Board in December and enacted…

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Beebe Healthcare Revises Patient Visitation Policies

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Beebe Healthcare is revising its visitation guidelines, with extended hours available for one “well visitor” at the Margaret H. Rollins Campus in Lewes. Visits will be permitted between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. “We are glad to extend the hours that a visitor can spend with their loved one at Beebe Healthcare,” Beebe Healthcare President…

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Del. COVID-19 State of Emergency Revised, Extended

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Delaware Governor John Carney has formally extended the COVID-19 State of Emergency, as required for it to remain in effect for another 30 days. The State of Emergency was implemented January 3rd to allow for members of the Delaware National Guard to be trained as Certified Nursing Assistants and to grant Delaware Public Health some…

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Revised Del. Paid Family & Medical Leave Bill Introduced

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A revised version of a bill that would make paid family and medical leave available for working Delaware families has been introduced in the General Assembly. Sponsors said Monday that Senate Substitute 1 for Senate Bill One has undergone a number of changes since the introduction of the Healthy Delaware Families Act last spring. “Through…

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