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Division of Public Health Urges At-Risk Populations to Follow CDC Guidance on Coronavirus DiseaseDate Posted: March 9, 2020
“The Kidnapping of Bathsheba Bungy” at the New Castle Court House Museum on March 21, 2020Date Posted: March 9, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Superior Court NominationsDate Posted: March 7, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Government Efficiency & Accountability Review (GEAR) Public MeetingsDate Posted: March 6, 2020
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Feb. 24 – March 1Date Posted: March 6, 2020
DART Relaunches Adopt-A-Shelter ProgramDate Posted: March 6, 2020
DPH Announces Negative Test Result for CoronavirusDate Posted: March 5, 2020
Zwaanendael Museum to offer tours of the British warship DeBraakDate Posted: March 5, 2020
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DPH Investigating Mumps Outbreak Among School-Age Children in New Castle CountyDate Posted: March 4, 2020
DPH Opens Coronavirus Call CenterDate Posted: March 4, 2020
DuPont Nature Center to reopen April 1Date Posted: March 4, 2020
Public Health Announces two New Negative Test Results for CoronavirusDate Posted: March 2, 2020
Division of Public Health: 2 Patients in Kent County Under Investigation for Coronavirus DiseaseDate Posted: March 2, 2020
Grand jury indicts former Division of Forensic SciencesDate Posted: March 2, 2020
Energy efficiency lighting rebate grants offered by DNRECDate Posted: March 2, 2020
Records Pond dam and fishing piers closing March 2Date Posted: February 28, 2020
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Feb. 17-23Date Posted: February 28, 2020
Delaware consumers protected by work of weights and measures inspectorsDate Posted: February 28, 2020
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Not Just a Pretty Face” by Paul MitchellDate Posted: February 28, 2020
Governor Carney: Application Period is Open for Student Representative on State Board of EducationDate Posted: February 27, 2020
Polly Drummond Hill Road yard waste site to close for season Friday, Feb. 28Date Posted: February 27, 2020
Smyrna man arrested on drug chargesDate Posted: February 27, 2020
W.B. Simpson student takes home the green with Delaware grown cabbageDate Posted: February 27, 2020
Harriet Tubman living history at Old State House on March 10Date Posted: February 27, 2020
Air Permitting Basics training workshops scheduled March 18 and 26Date Posted: February 27, 2020
Delaware Details Preparations for Potential Spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)Date Posted: February 26, 2020
As public process begins to create plan for climate change, survey shows majority of Delawareans say it is time to actDate Posted: February 26, 2020
Camille Decker to Represent Delaware in 2020 Poetry Out Loud National Finals in WashingtonDate Posted: February 26, 2020
DigiGirlz Registration Now OpenDate Posted: February 26, 2020
DNREC to close The Point at Cape Henlopen March 1 for 2020 for beach nesting seasonDate Posted: February 25, 2020
Attorney General Jennings announces bipartisan, multistate investigation of JUULDate Posted: February 25, 2020
Two wells near Dover AFB have possible elevated PFOS/PFOA levelsDate Posted: February 25, 2020
Funding available to communities to plan for coastal flooding and climate change impactsDate Posted: February 25, 2020
DNREC to launch refrigerant incentive programDate Posted: February 24, 2020
DPH Concerned About Increasing Number of Flu Cases As It Announces Additional Flu-Related DeathsDate Posted: February 21, 2020
DFA Banquet and Tree Farmer Award on March 19Date Posted: February 21, 2020
DNREC acquires additional acreage for Fork Branch Nature PreserveDate Posted: February 21, 2020
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Feb. 10-16Date Posted: February 21, 2020
Consumer Alert: Number Spoofing Targets Delmarva CustomersDate Posted: February 21, 2020
Spring trout stocking and March 7 season opening at downstate ponds announcedDate Posted: February 21, 2020
Delaware Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish to meet Feb. 25 in DoverDate Posted: February 20, 2020
Security Grant Funds Available for NonprofitsDate Posted: February 20, 2020
Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau to Hold Public MeetingsDate Posted: February 20, 2020
DNREC Secretary’s Emergency Order authorizes change to striped bass fishing regulationsDate Posted: February 19, 2020
DNREC now accepting grant proposals for community water quality improvement projectsDate Posted: February 19, 2020
Registration open to hunters for mandatory wild turkey hunting coursesDate Posted: February 19, 2020
Women’s history celebrated at state’s museums during March 2020Date Posted: February 18, 2020
Joint Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission-Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council hearings in Dover Feb. 19Date Posted: February 18, 2020
Division of the Arts to Host Annual State Employee Art ExhibitionDate Posted: February 17, 2020
DPH Announces Third Negative Test Result for CoronavirusDate Posted: February 15, 2020
Child Support Begins Sending Payments to New ReliaCard®Date Posted: February 14, 2020
Delaware Native Species Commission to meet Feb. 19 in DoverDate Posted: February 14, 2020
Source Water Protection Subcommittee to meet Feb. 20 in DoverDate Posted: February 14, 2020
DNREC-sponsored ‘Butterflies and Clean Water’ presentations set for March 2 and 30 as part of Reclaim Our River ProgramDate Posted: February 14, 2020
Attorney General Jennings announces leadership change at Department of JusticeDate Posted: February 14, 2020
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Feb. 3-9Date Posted: February 14, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Safety and Homeland SecurityDate Posted: February 14, 2020
“Coffee, Cross Stitch and Conversation” at Lewes’ Zwaanendael Museum on Feb. 22, 2020Date Posted: February 13, 2020
Commissioner Navarro Responds Strongly to Report of Premium Increases on Members of the MilitaryDate Posted: February 13, 2020
DPH Announces Second Negative Test Result For CoronavirusDate Posted: February 13, 2020
The Delaware Division of the Arts to Host 2020 Poetry Out Loud State CompetitionDate Posted: February 13, 2020
DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters to remove temporary deer stands from state wildlife areasDate Posted: February 12, 2020
Delaware Captive Insurance Contributes $4 Million to StateDate Posted: February 12, 2020
DNREC goes live with enhanced online electronic recreational fishing license sales systemDate Posted: February 10, 2020
Community Preparedness Workshop for Seniors and People With Disabilities in DoverDate Posted: February 10, 2020
February 28th is deadline to change political party affiliation before Presidential PrimaryDate Posted: February 7, 2020
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Jan. 27- Feb. 2Date Posted: February 7, 2020
Delaware Monitoring Returning Travelers from China for 2019 Novel CoronavirusDate Posted: February 7, 2020
Odyssey Charter placed on formal reviewDate Posted: February 7, 2020
Delaware opens registration for 2020 domestic hemp programDate Posted: February 7, 2020
Presidents Lincoln and Washington to be spotlighted at Dover, Del.’s Old State House during February 2020Date Posted: February 7, 2020
Companies Save Over $4 Million From Reduced Workers’ Compensation RatesDate Posted: February 6, 2020
Repairs to Gordons Pond elevated boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park delayed until next weekDate Posted: February 5, 2020
DNREC to hold public sessions March 3, 4, and 5 seeking input on development of Delaware’s climate action planDate Posted: February 5, 2020
Delaware Receives Overwhelming Support in Case to Prevent Political Partisanship on State CourtsDate Posted: February 3, 2020
DNREC’s Water Infrastructure Advisory Council to meet Feb. 19 at Delaware Technical Community College in DoverDate Posted: February 3, 2020
Delaware Resident Tests Negative for 2019 Novel CoronavirusDate Posted: February 2, 2020
Gordons Pond elevated boardwalk at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for repairs next weekDate Posted: January 31, 2020
DNREC accepting written public comment on agreement and proposed consent decree with Mountaire Farms of Delaware, Inc.Date Posted: January 31, 2020
STK gang members sentenced to prison for crime spree, including murder of Brandon WingoDate Posted: January 31, 2020
DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter: Jan. 20-26Date Posted: January 31, 2020
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Spring Must Come” by Terron MitchellDate Posted: January 31, 2020
Governor Carney Presents Fiscal Year 2021 Recommended BudgetDate Posted: January 30, 2020
Watch Governor Carney’s Budget Presentation for Fiscal Year 2021Date Posted: January 30, 2020
Information on 2019 Novel Coronavirus from Division of Public HealthDate Posted: January 30, 2020
DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife promotes additional hunting opportunities in FebruaryDate Posted: January 29, 2020
More than $830,000 Earned for Residents through Insurance ArbitrationDate Posted: January 29, 2020
Treasurer Davis Interview Highlights Settlement to Help Teachers Retirement InvestmentsDate Posted: January 29, 2020
The National Endowment for the Arts announces $27.3 million in Grants to Support the ArtsDate Posted: January 28, 2020
Delaware second state on east coast for USDA hemp plan approvalDate Posted: January 28, 2020
Child Support Needs Updated Mailing Addresses to Ensure Transition for Recipients to New Debit CardDate Posted: January 28, 2020
DNREC, Delaware City Refining Company, LLC agree to penalty settlements on refinery’s outstanding air violationsDate Posted: January 27, 2020
DNREC breaks ground on Brandywine Zoo Madagascar exhibit that will house endangered lemurs, tortoisesDate Posted: January 27, 2020
Report: Delaware tourism sets new recordsDate Posted: January 27, 2020
Justin Day to Head Up New Partner Services Team at DTIDate Posted: January 27, 2020
DPH Announces Two Additional Flu-Related Deaths; Delawareans Should Follow Basic Tips to Stop Spread of GermsDate Posted: January 24, 2020
Wilmington jury convicts drug trafficker in murder-for-hire plotDate Posted: January 24, 2020
Flags to be lowered Monday in remembrance of Harry “Hal” HaskellDate Posted: January 24, 2020
Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund LaunchesDate Posted: January 24, 2020

The Division of Public Health’s coronavirus call center at its State Health Operations Center (SHOC) in Smyrna is open to take questions from the public, schools, medical providers, state agencies and community organizations. The call center number is 1-866-408-1899.NEW CASTLE (March 9, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) advises older Delawareans and people with severe chronic health conditions to follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraging them to “avoid crowds as much as possible” as a way to reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus disease.
The CDC has found that early data suggests older people are twice as likely to suffer a serious illness from coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. Delaware has no confirmed cases, but DPH and other state partners are planning for the likelihood of community transmission.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommended on Sunday that those at greatest risk – older Americans and those with severe chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes – should abstain from travel.
If you are in the higher-risk groups for getting very sick from COVID-19, the CDC recommends you should:
Avoid non-essential travel such as long plane trips and defer all cruise trips worldwide.
Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated space, as much as possible.
When you go out in public, including to doctor appointments or dialysis, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Take everyday precaution to keep space between yourself and others.
If an outbreak does occur, stay home as much as possible.
Stock up on supplies, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, food and water, and other household items.
Have a plan in the event you get sick, including discussing with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what you might need.
“Because Delaware has a high percentage of older residents and people with severe underlying health conditions, we urge them and their families to follow the CDC’s recommendation to avoid crowds as much as possible,” said Department of Health of Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a practicing family physician. “While we are grateful that we don’t have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state, we are planning for community transmission of the disease. We urge Delawareans to take these important steps to reduce their exposure to the virus and to prepare when community transmission does happen here.”
Older Delawareans, people with severe chronic health conditions and all other members of the public can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or TTY at 1-800-232-5460 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus
“Our efforts, where before they were focused on containment of the disease, are now focused on mitigating the impact of it when it does occur,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health. Delaware has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of March 9, 15 people have been tested in Delaware; all have been negative. In addition, testing and results are pending for three individuals, two in New Castle County, and one in Kent County. DPH is currently monitoring 18 returning travelers.
The CDC also urges long-term care facilities to be vigilant in preventing the introduction and spread of COVID-19. The Division of Public Health and DEMA are working with DHSS’ Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ), Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and other community partners to implement strategies and restrictions to keep residents safe and healthy.
Finally, DPH advises that community preparedness planning – recommended by CDC – should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration. Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their independence and their health. For family members and caregivers providing support, the CDC recommends these steps:
Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
DPH continues to monitor travelers arriving in the U.S. from countries with a Level 2 or higher Travel Alert (China, Italy, Japan, Iran or South Korea). The CDC recommended that such travelers be monitored for 14 days after their return. During the 14-day period, these persons are asked to remain at home while self-monitoring for symptoms. If any of these persons shows symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, the person should call DPH at 1-866-408-1899 immediately to determine next steps, which may include transport to a local hospital for evaluation and testing.
As of March 9, there are more than 111,000 cases of coronavirus disease worldwide, including more than 3,800 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 600 cases and 22 deaths to date. Consistent with the CDC’s guidance, Dr. Rattay said community spread is likely to continue increasing across the country.
CDC officials also have said it is important for families and communities to prepare for what they would do if community spread occurs by recommending:
Schools review their infection prevention and control plans in the event there is a local outbreak.
Employers review their contingency plans to ensure they are able to operate with adaptations and respond if an employee gets sick.
Individuals and families understand steps they can take to help slow the spread of illness, including avoiding travel to hard-hit areas and staying home when sick.
DPH has a strong relationship with hospitals, EMS, and first responder agencies through its partnership with the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS). Staff have been holding regular calls with hospitals, medical providers, school superintendents, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), DSHS and EMS agencies.
Delaware is experiencing a particularly serious flu season with 6,000 lab-confirmed cases and 11 deaths statewide, and in addition to getting your flu shot, DPH recommends everyday measures that people can take to prevent the spread of all infections, which would also slow the spread of coronavirus disease:
Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it right away.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, including the backs of your hands and under your nails, for 20 seconds. Or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean commonly used surfaces such as computers, desktops, countertops cabinets, handles and more with disinfectant.
Stay home when you are sick.
If you are healthy, the CDC does not recommend buying or using face masks. You should only wear a mask if a health care provider tells you do so.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying.
For more information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the DPH website at de.gov/coronavirus, where materials can be found in English, Simplified Chinese/Mandarin, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole. In addition to updates on the global coronavirus disease outbreak, the website also contains tips for Delawareans, and the number of returning travelers that DPH is currently monitoring, which is updated regularly.
The most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Division of Public Health, as well as the CDC’s website and social media channels.
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The Division of Public Health’s coronavirus call center at its State Health Operations Center (SHOC) in Smyrna is open to take questions from the public, schools, medical providers, state agencies and community organizations. The call center number is 1-866-408-1899.NEW CASTLE (March 9, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) advises older Delawareans and people with severe chronic health conditions to follow guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraging them to “avoid crowds as much as possible” as a way to reduce their risk of contracting coronavirus disease.
The CDC has found that early data suggests older people are twice as likely to suffer a serious illness from coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19. Delaware has no confirmed cases, but DPH and other state partners are planning for the likelihood of community transmission.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recommended on Sunday that those at greatest risk – older Americans and those with severe chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease and diabetes – should abstain from travel.
If you are in the higher-risk groups for getting very sick from COVID-19, the CDC recommends you should:
Avoid non-essential travel such as long plane trips and defer all cruise trips worldwide.
Avoid crowds, especially in poorly ventilated space, as much as possible.
When you go out in public, including to doctor appointments or dialysis, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash your hands often.
Take everyday precaution to keep space between yourself and others.
If an outbreak does occur, stay home as much as possible.
Stock up on supplies, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, food and water, and other household items.
Have a plan in the event you get sick, including discussing with household members, other relatives, and friends to discuss what you might need.
“Because Delaware has a high percentage of older residents and people with severe underlying health conditions, we urge them and their families to follow the CDC’s recommendation to avoid crowds as much as possible,” said Department of Health of Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a practicing family physician. “While we are grateful that we don’t have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our state, we are planning for community transmission of the disease. We urge Delawareans to take these important steps to reduce their exposure to the virus and to prepare when community transmission does happen here.”
Older Delawareans, people with severe chronic health conditions and all other members of the public can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or TTY at 1-800-232-5460 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus
“Our efforts, where before they were focused on containment of the disease, are now focused on mitigating the impact of it when it does occur,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health. Delaware has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. As of March 9, 15 people have been tested in Delaware; all have been negative. In addition, testing and results are pending for three individuals, two in New Castle County, and one in Kent County. DPH is currently monitoring 18 returning travelers.
The CDC also urges long-term care facilities to be vigilant in preventing the introduction and spread of COVID-19. The Division of Public Health and DEMA are working with DHSS’ Division of Health Care Quality (DHCQ), Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities (DSAAPD) and other community partners to implement strategies and restrictions to keep residents safe and healthy.
Finally, DPH advises that community preparedness planning – recommended by CDC – should include older adults and people with disabilities, and the organizations that support them in their communities, to ensure their needs are taken into consideration. Many of these individuals live in the community, and many depend on services and supports provided in their homes or in the community to maintain their independence and their health. For family members and caregivers providing support, the CDC recommends these steps:
Know what medications your loved one is taking and see if you can help them have extra on hand.
Monitor food and other medical supplies (oxygen, incontinence, dialysis, wound care) needed and create a back-up plan.
Stock up on non-perishable food items to have on hand in your home to minimize trips to stores.
If you care for a loved one living in a care facility, monitor the situation, ask about the health of the other residents frequently and know the protocol if there is an outbreak.
DPH continues to monitor travelers arriving in the U.S. from countries with a Level 2 or higher Travel Alert (China, Italy, Japan, Iran or South Korea). The CDC recommended that such travelers be monitored for 14 days after their return. During the 14-day period, these persons are asked to remain at home while self-monitoring for symptoms. If any of these persons shows symptoms of fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, the person should call DPH at 1-866-408-1899 immediately to determine next steps, which may include transport to a local hospital for evaluation and testing.
As of March 9, there are more than 111,000 cases of coronavirus disease worldwide, including more than 3,800 deaths. In the United States, there are more than 600 cases and 22 deaths to date. Consistent with the CDC’s guidance, Dr. Rattay said community spread is likely to continue increasing across the country.
CDC officials also have said it is important for families and communities to prepare for what they would do if community spread occurs by recommending:
Schools review their infection prevention and control plans in the event there is a local outbreak.
Employers review their contingency plans to ensure they are able to operate with adaptations and respond if an employee gets sick.
Individuals and families understand steps they can take to help slow the spread of illness, including avoiding travel to hard-hit areas and staying home when sick.
DPH has a strong relationship with hospitals, EMS, and first responder agencies through its partnership with the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security (DSHS). Staff have been holding regular calls with hospitals, medical providers, school superintendents, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), DSHS and EMS agencies.
Delaware is experiencing a particularly serious flu season with 6,000 lab-confirmed cases and 11 deaths statewide, and in addition to getting your flu shot, DPH recommends everyday measures that people can take to prevent the spread of all infections, which would also slow the spread of coronavirus disease:
Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hand. If you use a tissue, dispose of it right away.
Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly, including the backs of your hands and under your nails, for 20 seconds. Or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean commonly used surfaces such as computers, desktops, countertops cabinets, handles and more with disinfectant.
Stay home when you are sick.
If you are healthy, the CDC does not recommend buying or using face masks. You should only wear a mask if a health care provider tells you do so.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying.
For more information and updates related to COVID-19, visit the DPH website at de.gov/coronavirus, where materials can be found in English, Simplified Chinese/Mandarin, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole. In addition to updates on the global coronavirus disease outbreak, the website also contains tips for Delawareans, and the number of returning travelers that DPH is currently monitoring, which is updated regularly.
The most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Division of Public Health, as well as the CDC’s website and social media channels.
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Related Topics:  2019 Novel Coronavirus, cdc, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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