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Governor Carney, DHSS announce Statewide COVID-19 Testing Plan in Coordination with Delaware Health Care SystemsDate Posted: March 20, 2020
New Bulletin Provides Recommendations to Insurers During COVID-19Date Posted: March 20, 2020
Flags to be Lowered for Passing of Former State Rep. Bobby OuttenDate Posted: March 20, 2020
UPDATE on DNREC operations in response to COVID-19Date Posted: March 20, 2020
Governor Carney Signs Executive Order on Child CareDate Posted: March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update March 19, 2020: Public Health Announces Four Additional Positive CasesDate Posted: March 19, 2020
Watch: Coronavirus Update from March 18 in the EveningDate Posted: March 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update March 18, 2020: Public Health Announces 9 Additional Positive CasesDate Posted: March 18, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Second Update to Emergency DeclarationDate Posted: March 18, 2020
Legislative Session Postponed Until Further Notice Due to Coronavirus PandemicDate Posted: March 18, 2020
Attorney General Jennings urges consumers to report price gougingDate Posted: March 18, 2020
Governor Carney Announces HELP Program to Support Delaware Small BusinessesDate Posted: March 18, 2020
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture on Importance of Maintaining Food Supply Chain During State of EmergencyDate Posted: March 18, 2020
March 18: Watch Live Update on Coronavirus DiseaseDate Posted: March 18, 2020
Delaware agriculture critical to supplying consumers with food during COVID-19 outbreakDate Posted: March 17, 2020
Public Health Announces Additional Positive Cases of CoronavirusDate Posted: March 17, 2020
DelDOT Operational Changes Update for March 17, 2020Date Posted: March 17, 2020
DART to Operate Reduced Statewide Weekday Service Level Beginning Wednesday, March 18Date Posted: March 17, 2020
TMC Radio 1380 AM to Replay Governor Carney’s Virtual Town Hall TodayDate Posted: March 17, 2020
DNREC announces changes to operations in response to COVID-19Date Posted: March 17, 2020
The Delaware Department of Labor Expands Unemployment Benefits to Workers Affected by the COVID-19 PandemicDate Posted: March 17, 2020
Governor Carney Requests Federal Assistance for Small BusinessesDate Posted: March 17, 2020
Update on DART ServicesDate Posted: March 16, 2020
March 16: Watch Live Q & A on Coronavirus DiseaseDate Posted: March 16, 2020
DelDOT Announces Additional Operational ChangesDate Posted: March 16, 2020
Public Health Announces Eighth Positive Case of Coronavirus in DelawareDate Posted: March 16, 2020
Redden Lodge and Forest Campsites ClosedDate Posted: March 16, 2020
Events Postponed at Delaware Museums and Historic SitesDate Posted: March 16, 2020
Governor Carney Limits Restaurants to Take-Out and DeliveryDate Posted: March 16, 2020
School nutrition programs announce meal options for students during closureDate Posted: March 16, 2020
Governor Carney Postpones Government Efficiency Accountability Review (GEAR) Public MeetingsDate Posted: March 16, 2020
Guidance on Childcare CentersDate Posted: March 15, 2020
Public Health Announces Additional Positive Case of Coronavirus in DelawareDate Posted: March 15, 2020
Office of Highway Safety Suspends SoberLift® Program for St. Patrick’s Day 2020Date Posted: March 15, 2020
Delaware Issues Guidance for Child Care Providers on CoronavirusDate Posted: March 14, 2020
Governor Carney Authorizes Public Bodies to Meet ElectronicallyDate Posted: March 14, 2020
DPH Announces 2 More Presumptive Positives; Individuals Associated With UD CommunityDate Posted: March 14, 2020
Governor Carney Directs Two-Week Closure of Delaware Public SchoolsDate Posted: March 13, 2020
DPH Provides Update on Individuals Being TestedDate Posted: March 13, 2020
Dover man arrested on poaching and criminal chargesDate Posted: March 13, 2020
DelDOT Shares Update on Public ServicesDate Posted: March 13, 2020
DelDOT Urges Use of DMV Online ServicesDate Posted: March 13, 2020
Wilmington man sentenced to life over murder-for-hire plotDate Posted: March 13, 2020
Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Blotter March 2-8Date Posted: March 13, 2020
DNREC postpones public eventsDate Posted: March 13, 2020
Mosquito Control Section spraying to start in spring woodland poolsDate Posted: March 13, 2020
Thirty-Seven Talented State Employees and Their Family Members HonoredDate Posted: March 13, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Provides Update on Individuals Being TestedDate Posted: March 12, 2020
DHSS Recommends Nursing Homes and Other Long-Term Care Facilities Temporarily Ban Visitors to Reduce Coronavirus RiskDate Posted: March 12, 2020
Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Prepare for Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)Date Posted: March 12, 2020
Legislative Session for the Week of March 17 PostponedDate Posted: March 12, 2020
SoberLift Launched for St. Patrick’s Day WeekendDate Posted: March 12, 2020
March 12 Live Coronavirus Disease Q&ADate Posted: March 12, 2020
DPH Announces Additional Presumptive Positive Cases of Coronavirus DiseaseDate Posted: March 12, 2020
Public Health Announces First Presumptive Positive Case of Coronavirus in Delaware ResidentDate Posted: March 11, 2020
DNREC offers compost bins and rain barrels at discount pricesDate Posted: March 11, 2020
2020 Delaware Fishing Guide available nowDate Posted: March 11, 2020
March 11th Virtual Town Hall Announced, Newark Town Hall PostponedDate Posted: March 10, 2020
Nominations Open for 39th Hall of Fame of Delaware WomenDate Posted: March 10, 2020
Watch the March 10th Q and A on coronavirusDate Posted: March 10, 2020
Commissioner Navarro Issues Bulletin to Insurers Regarding CoronavirusDate Posted: March 10, 2020
Division of Public Health Urges At-Risk Populations to Follow CDC Guidance on Coronavirus DiseaseDate Posted: March 9, 2020
POSTPONED: “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
Some Delaware Businesses May be Overpaying for ElectricityDate Posted: March 5, 2020
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 Annual Meeting on March 19 is CanceledDate 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

Featured Posts | News | Date Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney, along with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), announced on Friday a coordinated statewide plan to ensure individuals with symptoms consistent with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have access to safe and efficient testing in Delaware. Tests will be administered at no cost to the patients.
Through a collaborative effort between the Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware Healthcare Association, and each of the health care systems in the state, this statewide plan aims to streamline the testing process, reduce the burden on the health system, ensure the safety of patients and health care workers, and better meet the COVID-19 testing needs of Delawareans.
“As this situation continues to evolve, we know that we will continue to see an increase in positive cases of the virus. It is critically important that we all work together to reduce the burden on our health system and keep Delawareans safe,” said Governor Carney. “Our goal right now is to limit the spread of the virus. The community-based testing plan we are announcing today builds on our already established infrastructure in Delaware’s health system in an effort to make testing more readily accessible for those in need.”
Beginning Monday, March 23, Delaware health systems will operate standing health facility test sites, where health care staff will test individuals who have been evaluated by a medical provider and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. A physician order or prescription is required.
Standing health facility test sites will include:• New Castle County: ChristianaCare will operate two testing sites, one in Newark, one in Wilmington; Saint Francis Healthcare will operate one site in Wilmington.• Kent County: Bayhealth will operate one testing site in Dover.• Sussex County: Beebe Healthcare will operate two testing sites, one in Millsboro and one in Frankford; Nanticoke will operate one testing site in Seaford.
Symptomatic individuals who want or need a COVID-19 test and who have access to a health care provider will need to be evaluated by their provider. Teleconsultation is preferred unless the provider determines in-person consultation is needed. If COVID-19 symptoms are present, the patient can be referred to a standing health facility test site.
Individuals who do not have access to a health care provider can call the DPH Call Center, or call centers run by Christiana Care or Bayhealth, and medical personnel will determine if the caller meets criteria for testing. Medical personnel will provide the appropriate documentation that will give the caller access to testing at a standing health facility test site.
If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, before leaving your home, call your health care provider or the DPH Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 first to discuss whether you should be tested for coronavirus. Importantly, testing is NOT recommended for those who do not have symptoms.
There is no need to go to the emergency room, unless you are having significant difficulty breathing. Delaware’s hospitals are prepared for coronavirus, but it is important to preserve resources for those that truly need them and avoid unnecessarily exposing vulnerable people to the virus. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and make sure to let the dispatcher know what symptoms you are experiencing.
“Effective response takes all of us working together. Our hospitals and the Division of Public Health will continue in close collaboration through this event,” said Wayne Smith, President & CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association. “Delawareans also have a critical role to play in keeping our health care providers safe: if you suspect you have been exposed to coronavirus, stop and call your health care provider first. It is vitally important that you do not go directly to your doctor’s office or the Emergency Room to protect the health of health care providers and vulnerable populations.”
There have been 38 total laboratory-confirmed cases in the state since March 11. This includes eight additional cases since yesterday. Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 27 are from New Castle County, five are from Kent County, and six are from Sussex County. Additional aggregate demographic information will be provided as part of the Division of Public Health’s daily update.
If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, stay home and make sure to distance yourself from vulnerable populations. This includes people 60 years of age and older; people with serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease; or those who are immunocompromised. Many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. However, illness can be severe and require hospitalization in some cases.
Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.
DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.
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Featured Posts | News | Date Posted: Friday, March 20, 2020

DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney, along with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), announced on Friday a coordinated statewide plan to ensure individuals with symptoms consistent with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have access to safe and efficient testing in Delaware. Tests will be administered at no cost to the patients.
Through a collaborative effort between the Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware Healthcare Association, and each of the health care systems in the state, this statewide plan aims to streamline the testing process, reduce the burden on the health system, ensure the safety of patients and health care workers, and better meet the COVID-19 testing needs of Delawareans.
“As this situation continues to evolve, we know that we will continue to see an increase in positive cases of the virus. It is critically important that we all work together to reduce the burden on our health system and keep Delawareans safe,” said Governor Carney. “Our goal right now is to limit the spread of the virus. The community-based testing plan we are announcing today builds on our already established infrastructure in Delaware’s health system in an effort to make testing more readily accessible for those in need.”
Beginning Monday, March 23, Delaware health systems will operate standing health facility test sites, where health care staff will test individuals who have been evaluated by a medical provider and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. A physician order or prescription is required.
Standing health facility test sites will include:• New Castle County: ChristianaCare will operate two testing sites, one in Newark, one in Wilmington; Saint Francis Healthcare will operate one site in Wilmington.• Kent County: Bayhealth will operate one testing site in Dover.• Sussex County: Beebe Healthcare will operate two testing sites, one in Millsboro and one in Frankford; Nanticoke will operate one testing site in Seaford.
Symptomatic individuals who want or need a COVID-19 test and who have access to a health care provider will need to be evaluated by their provider. Teleconsultation is preferred unless the provider determines in-person consultation is needed. If COVID-19 symptoms are present, the patient can be referred to a standing health facility test site.
Individuals who do not have access to a health care provider can call the DPH Call Center, or call centers run by Christiana Care or Bayhealth, and medical personnel will determine if the caller meets criteria for testing. Medical personnel will provide the appropriate documentation that will give the caller access to testing at a standing health facility test site.
If you are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, before leaving your home, call your health care provider or the DPH Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 first to discuss whether you should be tested for coronavirus. Importantly, testing is NOT recommended for those who do not have symptoms.
There is no need to go to the emergency room, unless you are having significant difficulty breathing. Delaware’s hospitals are prepared for coronavirus, but it is important to preserve resources for those that truly need them and avoid unnecessarily exposing vulnerable people to the virus. If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and make sure to let the dispatcher know what symptoms you are experiencing.
“Effective response takes all of us working together. Our hospitals and the Division of Public Health will continue in close collaboration through this event,” said Wayne Smith, President & CEO of the Delaware Healthcare Association. “Delawareans also have a critical role to play in keeping our health care providers safe: if you suspect you have been exposed to coronavirus, stop and call your health care provider first. It is vitally important that you do not go directly to your doctor’s office or the Emergency Room to protect the health of health care providers and vulnerable populations.”
There have been 38 total laboratory-confirmed cases in the state since March 11. This includes eight additional cases since yesterday. Of the Delawareans diagnosed with COVID-19, 27 are from New Castle County, five are from Kent County, and six are from Sussex County. Additional aggregate demographic information will be provided as part of the Division of Public Health’s daily update.
If you think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, stay home and make sure to distance yourself from vulnerable populations. This includes people 60 years of age and older; people with serious chronic health conditions such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease; or those who are immunocompromised. Many individuals infected with COVID-19 recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. However, illness can be severe and require hospitalization in some cases.
Delawareans with general questions about COVID-19 or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899, or 711 for individuals who are hearing-impaired, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.
DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.
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