DE Hospitals Implement Crisis Standards of Care in Coronavirus Winter Surge as Omicron Becomes Dominant in First State

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Delaware hospitals are stretched to the limit. Hospital capacity is over 700 who are sick with coronavirus – about 40%, as well as people with other illnesses. Hospital officials say that many of those who are sick with coronavirus are only partially or not vaccinated. Several hospitals are operating under Crisis Standards of Care. Chief…

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More Than 2,000 People Now Hospitalized In Md. With COVID-19 Complications

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Maryland has now surpassed 2,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19 complications. According to Governor Larry Hogan, a surge operations center that was established earlier this month continues to monitor statewide bed capacity while looking to fully utilize alternate care sites. Under a state health directive, hospitals are required to implement pandemic plans to suspend elective surgeries and…

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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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Vaccination, Testing, Hospital / Nursing Home Staffing Addressed During Md. COVID-19 Update

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Maryland is committing $100-million in new funding to help hospitals and nursing homes boost their staff levels, as COVID-19 cases continue to increase. Governor Larry Hogan also said Tuesday that the State of Maryland is expanding weekly shipments of at-home rapid tests, which are available through local health departments. The Maryland National Guard is being…

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Update: ‘Boil Water’ Advisory Lifted in Sharptown

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*Update* Residents of Sharptown are no longer under a ‘boil water’ advisory. Tests of water samples earlier this week detected the presence of Total coliform bacteria and e-coli bacteria that reached a threshold of concern. Town officials said Wednesday that further testing has found no levels of concern, and Sharptown residents no longer need to…

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Del. Public Health Emergency Order Formally Extended

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Governor John Carney Wednesday formally extended Delaware’s COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Order for another 30 days. The extension allows the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue with COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs. Public Health Emergency declarations must be extended every 30 days under state law. “Getting all Delaware students back in the classroom…

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DPH Weekly Coronavirus Update

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is providing an update on the most recent statistics related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Delaware, as of 6 p.m. Thursday, August 19, 2021.     As of Tuesday, August 17, the seven-day average for the percentage of total tests that were positive was 7.9% – an increase from 6.2% as of Tuesday, August 10. There…

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Vax, Booster, Test: Del. COVID-19 Weekly Update

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Delaware Public Health is encouraging people who take part in large gatherings and events that this time of year brings to get tested for Coronavirus, in light of the recent increase in case rates and spread of the Delta variant. Events such as birthday parties, college sendoffs, weddings and other gatherings involving people in close…

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VIDEO | Delaware Weekly COVID-19 Update

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Governor John Carney, Delaware Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay and Delaware Emergency Management Agency Director A.J. Schall participated in the weekly virtual COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, June 1st. Rattay said that for the second consecutive week there were no current areas of concern regarding coronavirus cases. She also addressed several myths about COVID-19 vaccines. Carney…

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Eastern Shore Vaccination Clinic Nears Opening

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The Wicomico County Health Department is relocating its vaccination clinic and testing operations, as the State of Maryland prepares to open a mass vaccination clinic serving the Eastern Shore at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury. The local health department will operate vaccination clinics at the Centre of Salisbury at the former Tuesday…

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COVID Concerns At UD

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Coronavirus cases among students have been on the rise at the University of Delaware. UD is making a few operational changes, including grab-and-go meals only at campus dining halls and food courts. For now, classes, labs and research facilities are not being changed but if positive cases continue to rise changes may be necessary. The…

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VIDEO : Del. Coronavirus Weekly Update

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Delaware has just a few areas of concern where local coronavirus case are higher than a state benchmark of 250 per 100,000 people. At the weekly coronavirus update, Delaware Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said areas of Selbyville, Harrington, Felton, Magnolia, Newark and Hockessin are being monitored for their local case rates. However, numbers…

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Del. Expands COVID Testing In Group Home Settings

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Rapid Antigen Testing for COVID-19 will be available at Delaware group homes, day programs and other settings that serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The test can produce a result in 15 minutes. The Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and Delaware Public Health will start making test kits available this month to agencies and…

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COVID Testing Available Across Delmarva

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Pop-up testing for coronavirus is available today (Monday) at several locations. Delaware Public Health has scheduled testing events at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth and at Delaware Tech in Georgetown. Both locations are scheduled to be open between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Appointments for a test can be made…

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Universities, Colleges Receive Guidance About Holiday Break

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Governors of several northeastern states are encouraging their colleges and universities to test students for coronavirus before the Thanksgiving break. Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Massachusetts developed a multi-state agreement on college-related travel guidance at a meeting over the weekend. They also want students to be aware of quarantine rules.…

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Pop-Up COVID-19 Testing Events Scheduled Through Saturday

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Three local pop-up testing events for COVID-19 are scheduled for Monday, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. The state has set a full schedule of testing events through the end of the week, including one on Saturday. An appointment for a pop-up test can be made at delaware.curativeinc.com. Limited on-site registration is also…

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De., NJ, RI To Coordinate COVID-19 Testing

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Delaware, New Jersey and Rhode Island will coordinate coronavirus testing efforts of asymptomatic people. The governors of the three states announced Friday that as the pandemic has shown how inter-connected the states are, they’ve decided to develop a common approach to testing high-risk, high-priority populations. Such populations include nurses, people in assisted living, workers with…

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Worcester Co. Adjusts COVID-19 Testing Schedule

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Worcester County Health Department continues to offer COVID-19 testing on a regular basis. Appointments are strong encouraged. Testing is available at the West Ocean City Park and Ride Wednesdays from 8:30 until noon, and for Worcester County residents Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Pocomoke Health Department in Pocomoke City from nine until three, in partnership…

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Del. Schools Required To Tell Families About Positive COVID-19 Test Results

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The 25th modification of Governor John Carney’s COVID-19 State of Emergency declaration requires Delaware schools to notify families if they learn of any positive coronavirus test results in their buildings. Also, new face covering requirements are formalized for children who return to school buildings. Students at grade levels from kindergarten on up are required to…

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