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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DSU To Require Proof Of COVID Booster

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Delaware State University will require returning students, faculty and staff to obtain a COVID-19 booster shot when the spring semester begins. Classes will also be conducted virtually for a two-week period starting January 10th. The actions are being taken due to the spread of the Omicron variant, and they come following a meeting of DSU’s…

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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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Md. Expands Capacity To Track COVID-19 Variants

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Maryland is expanding its capacity to track and detect variants of COVID-19, such as the omicron variant which has now shown up in California. Governor Larry Hogan spoke during a news conference Wednesday, and said it remains the case that the most important thing Marylanders can do to maintain immunity against the virus and variants…

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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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Beebe Healthcare Will Require Staff To Be Vaccinated For COVID-19

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Beebe Healthcare will move forward with a vaccine mandate next month. The Biden administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week announced a requirement that all eligible staff at healthcare facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs be vaccinated for COVID-19.Beebe Healthcare will require unvaccinated team members, contractors and vendors to…

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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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Del., Md. Advance COVID-19 Vax Booster Programs

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Delaware and Maryland providers of COVID-19 vaccines can start providing booster shots for vaccines made by Moderna and Johnson and Johnson, to certain populations that have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control. The Pfizer vaccine received booster authorization last month. Delaware Public Health officials issued this guidance Friday: Based on CDC recommendations for…

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Md. COVID-19 Update

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Positivity Rate, Case Rate, Hospitalizations Decline Across The Board Maryland’s COVID-19 positivity rate (3.79%) has declined by 25.8% since August 22, and the state’s daily positivity rate of 2.95% is the lowest it has been since July 29.  Maryland’s COVID-19 case rate per 100K (16.8) has declined by 19.1% since Sept. 15.  Maryland’s COVID-19 hospitalizations (729) have declined by 13.7% since…

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Beebe Hosts Virtual COVID-19 Town Hall

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The Sussex County community will be updated on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and vaccine information during a Beebe Healthcare virtual town hall today (Wednesday). The meeting is scheduled between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Beebe Healthcare President and CEO Dr. David Tam and Beebe COVID-19 Response Medical Director Dr. Bill Chasanov will preside. The meeting can…

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Del. Vaccine Policy Announced For State Employees, Long-Term Care Staff

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The following news release was issued by the office of Delaware Governor John Carney Thursday: Governor Carney and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Thursday announced that â€‹beginning on September 30, staff in long-term care and other health care facilities will be required to provide proof of vaccination or to undergo regular testing to prevent the transmission of…

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VIDEO | Sussex COVID Case, Vax Rates Draw Concern

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The Delta variant is driving up COVID-19 case numbers in Delaware, and hospitalizations have been going up recently as well. Governor John Carney and Delaware Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay outlined the current situation facing The First State in a virtual presentation Thursday. Rattay said several ZIP Codes in western Sussex County are being…

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