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Governor Carney Announces Statewide Contact Tracing Plan for COVID-19Date Posted: May 12, 2020
Public Health Announces 176 More Positive Cases of COVID-19 Among Delawareans; 12 New DeathsDate Posted: May 12, 2020
Public Health Announces 118 New Positive Cases of COVID-19; 1 Additional Death of a DelawareanDate Posted: May 11, 2020
Steps the Self-Employed should take to Register for (PUA) Benefits in Delaware.Date Posted: May 11, 2020
Delaware Farmers’ Markets To Open Under New COVID-19 ProtocolsDate Posted: May 11, 2020
May 12, 2020 COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 11, 2020
Public Health Announces 170 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 3 More DeathsDate Posted: May 10, 2020
Governor Carney Signs Sixteenth Modification to State of EmergencyDate Posted: May 10, 2020
Public Health Announces 166 Additional Positive Cases; 8 New DeathsDate Posted: May 9, 2020
División de Servicios Sociales de Delaware Aprobados para la EBT debido a la Pandemia para Alimentar a los NiñosDate Posted: May 9, 2020
DHSS Announces Three More Coronavirus-Related Deaths Involving Residents of Delaware Hospital for the Chronically IllDate Posted: May 9, 2020
Public Health Announces 172 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 11 New Deaths of DelawareansDate Posted: May 8, 2020
Nearly $7 million in civil penalties secured against criminal enterprises involving human traffickingDate Posted: May 8, 2020
Governor Carney Releases Statement on Economic Reopening; Announces June 1 as Target for Phase IDate Posted: May 8, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Significant Expansion of Statewide Testing Program for COVID-19Date Posted: May 8, 2020
May 8, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 161 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: May 7, 2020
Gouvènè Carney repwograme Primè Prezidansyèl la pou 7 jiyèDate Posted: May 7, 2020
El gobernador Carney reprograma las primarias presidenciales para el 7 de julioDate Posted: May 7, 2020
Governor Carney Reschedules Presidential Primary for July 7Date Posted: May 7, 2020
DNREC opens virtual operations for water-related servicesDate Posted: May 7, 2020
Recovery Town Hall – May 7, 6:00pm – Southern New Castle County focusDate Posted: May 7, 2020
Public Health Announces 407 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 as Testing IncreasesDate Posted: May 6, 2020
Fees, passes required at state parks, wildlife areas starting Friday, May 8Date Posted: May 6, 2020
Recovery Town Hall – May 6, 7:30pm – Sussex County focusDate Posted: May 6, 2020
Delaware Public Health Announces 83 Additional Positive Cases, 5 More Deaths Related to COVID-19Date Posted: May 5, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Interim Steps Allowing Small Businesses; Universal Testing in Nursing HomesDate Posted: May 5, 2020
Delaware Social Services Approved for Pandemic EBT to Feed Children During COVID-19 EmergencyDate Posted: May 5, 2020
Delaware Public Health Announces 80 More Positive Cases, 5 New Deaths Related to COVID-19Date Posted: May 5, 2020
Secretary Bunting honors high school seniors for outstanding academic achievementDate Posted: May 5, 2020
May 5, 1:45pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 5, 2020
Delaware Digital History Museum provides opportunities to experience Delaware history … from homeDate Posted: May 4, 2020
New System To Support Applications For Pandemic Unemployment AnnouncedDate Posted: May 4, 2020
Domestic Violence Survivors Receive More Than 100 Prepaid PhonesDate Posted: May 4, 2020
Delaware Public Health announces 170 new positive cases, 9 more deaths related to COVID-19Date Posted: May 3, 2020
Governor Carney and Six Governors Announce Joint Multi-State Agreement to Develop Regional Supply ChainDate Posted: May 3, 2020
Public Health Announces 120 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 Among DelawareansDate Posted: May 2, 2020
DHSS Announces Three More Deaths Involving Residents or Patients at Its 24/7 FacilitiesDate Posted: May 2, 2020
Public Health Announces 184 Additional Positive Cases of Covid-19 in Delaware, 7 more deathsDate Posted: May 1, 2020
Recovery Town Hall – May 4, 6:00pm – Northern New Castle County focusDate Posted: May 1, 2020
May 1, 1:45pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 30, 2020
DPH Announces 79 More Positive Cases; 8 Additional DeathsDate Posted: April 30, 2020
Gouvènè Carney Piblye 14 zyèm Modifikasyon Pou Deklarasyon IjansDate Posted: April 30, 2020
El gobernador Carney emite la Decimocuarta Modificación a la Declaración de Estado de EmergenciaDate Posted: April 30, 2020
Governor Carney Issues 14th Modification to Emergency DeclarationDate Posted: April 30, 2020
DNREC state parks, wildlife area visitors must bring masks starting FridayDate Posted: April 30, 2020
Division of the Arts announces CARES Organization Relief grantDate Posted: April 30, 2020
Public Health Announces 80 More Positive Cases of COVID-19, 7 Additional DeathsDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Sussex County: Coronavirus testing sites announced April 29-May 4, 2020Date Posted: April 29, 2020
El gobernador Carney declara foco infeccioso de COVID-19 en el condado de SussexDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Reduced Driving Leads to Rebates, Reimbursements, Reduced Insurance RatesDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Recovery Town Hall – April 29, 6:00pm – Kent County FocusDate Posted: April 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 413 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 12 More DeathsDate Posted: April 28, 2020
April 28, 3:00pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 28, 2020
Governor Carney Declares COVID-19 Hot Spot in Sussex County, Announces Expansion of Community Testing SitesDate Posted: April 28, 2020
Gouvènè Carney Deklare COVID-19 la yon Pwen Cho nan Konte Sussex, Anonse Agrandisman Sit Kominotè pou Tès yoDate Posted: April 28, 2020
DNREC appeals Public Service Commission’s Earth Day action to halt key environmental policyDate Posted: April 27, 2020
Public Health Announces 128 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 5 New Deaths of DelawareansDate Posted: April 27, 2020
Delawareans yo ap oblije kouvri figi yo nan plas piblikDate Posted: April 26, 2020
Los residentes de Delaware deberán usar mascarillaDate Posted: April 26, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces 458 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: April 26, 2020
Governor Carney Requires Delawareans to Wear Face Coverings in Public SettingsDate Posted: April 25, 2020
Delaware’s Division of Public Health Announces 12 More Deaths Due to Complications from COVID-19Date Posted: April 25, 2020
Delaware Schools Closed through Academic YearDate Posted: April 24, 2020
Public Health Announces 134 More Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 8 New DeathsDate Posted: April 24, 2020
DSHA Pauses Delaware Housing Assistance Program to Manage Volume, Assess Available ResourcesDate Posted: April 24, 2020
Top federal and state prosecutors form Delaware COVID-19 anti-fraud coalitionDate Posted: April 24, 2020
April 24, 1:45 pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 24, 2020
Governor Carney Removes Restrictions on Out-of-State Health Care Workers to Assist in COVID-19 ResponseDate Posted: April 23, 2020
St. Jones Reserve trail reopenedDate Posted: April 23, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Public Engagement Around Economic Reopening, RecoveryDate Posted: April 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 108 More Positive Cases, 3 New Deaths Related to COVID-19Date Posted: April 23, 2020
Report highlights Delawareans’ desire for climate change actionDate Posted: April 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 7 More Deaths Related to COVID-19, 269 New Positive Cases in DelawareDate Posted: April 22, 2020
Governor Carney Partners with Health Providers and Sussex Employers on Community Testing Sites, Outreach, EducationDate Posted: April 22, 2020
Public Health Announces 10 New Deaths, 186 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: April 21, 2020
Preventing Child Abuse, Raising Awareness During COVID-19Date Posted: April 21, 2020
DNREC Mirror Lake clean-up earns more national acclaim; innovative approach reduces pollutants in the Christina RiverDate Posted: April 21, 2020
April 21, 1:45pm COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 20, 2020
Public Health Announces 207 Additional Positive Cases, 5 News DeathsDate Posted: April 20, 2020
Polly Drummond yard waste site closed for the day Sunday for capacity and trafficDate Posted: April 19, 2020
DHSS Announces Three More Deaths Involving Residents or Patients at Its 24/7 FacilitiesDate Posted: April 19, 2020
MEDIA ADVISORY: Public Health Makes Changes to Daily COVID-19 Reporting FormatDate Posted: April 19, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 18, 2020: Public Health Announces 215 Additional Positive Cases; 6 New DeathsDate Posted: April 18, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 17, 2020: Public Health Announces 9 More Deaths, 248 New Positive CasesDate Posted: April 17, 2020
Delaware extends 2020 produce grower registration due to COVID-19Date Posted: April 17, 2020
Delaware Department of Labor Releases Guidelines on 13 Week Extension of Unemployment BenefitsDate Posted: April 17, 2020
DHSS Seeks Comment on State Plan on Aging at Two Public Hearings This MonthDate Posted: April 17, 2020
DHSS Announces First Coronavirus-Related Death of Resident from 24/7 FacilitiesDate Posted: April 16, 2020
COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020: DPH Announces 61 Additional Positive Cases; 6 New Deaths; 24 Additional RecoveredDate Posted: April 16, 2020
COVID-19 and the Black Community in DelawareDate Posted: April 16, 2020
April 17, 1:45pm Live COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: April 16, 2020
St. Jones Reserve trail in Dover temporarily closed due to storm damageDate Posted: April 16, 2020
DOL Releases Guidance for Independent Contractors and Self-employed Seeking Unemployment Through the CARES ActDate Posted: April 16, 2020
Delaware celebrates 50th anniversary of Earth DayDate Posted: April 16, 2020
CORRECTED: COVID-19 Update April 15, 2020: Public Health Announces 88 New Positive Cases, 3 More DeathsDate Posted: April 15, 2020
DHSS Livestream – Message to the Hispanic CommunityDate Posted: April 15, 2020
Governor Carney Requires Stricter Measures in Long-Term Care Facilities to Fight COVID-19Date Posted: April 15, 2020
COVID-19 Update April 14, 2020: Public Health Announces 165 Additional Positive Cases, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: April 14, 2020
DSHA Announces $9 Million in Funding Available for Downtown Development District Project RebatesDate Posted: April 14, 2020

Approximately 200 Delawareans will be hired as contact tracers
WILMINGTON, Del. –  Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that the State of Delaware entered into an agreement with the nonpartisan research institution NORC at the University of Chicago to build Delaware’s statewide contact tracing program to contain COVID-19, limit Delawareans’ exposure to the disease, and restart Delaware’s economy.
The contact tracing program builds on Delaware’s statewide plan to test up to 80,000 Delawareans monthly for COVID-19. Expanded testing and contact tracing efforts are key to reopening Delaware’s economy under guidance from the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NORC also has partnered with the State of Maryland to perform contact tracing. Delaware and Maryland will share information to more effectively monitor COVID-19’s spread across state lines.
Approximately 200 Delawareans will be hired as contact tracers and support staff.
Applications for contact tracers and other associated positions will be posted at de.gov/coronavirus in the coming weeks.

“To safely reopen our economy, we need to be able to quickly identify positive COVID-19 cases and reach out to those residents who may have been exposed. This contact tracing program brings us one step closer to returning Delaware to a new normal,” said Governor Carney. “We’ve been working with Maryland to coordinate our reopening efforts, and this partnership will build on that collaboration. Going forward, hiring a contact tracing workforce of Delawareans that reflects the diversity of our state will be a top priority.”

“This is a critically important complement to the statewide testing plan the Governor announced last week and the two plans are really integrally linked,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Contact tracing is a basic public health practice for containing an epidemiological event by talking with the person who is infected and reaching out to their contacts in order to decrease transmission. It will help us track positive cases of COVID-19 and limit the spread of the virus both short-term and long-term.”
“One of our highest priorities is making sure that our workforce of contact tracers reflects the entire community we serve,” saidDepartment of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a practicing family physician. “When positive cases of COVID-19 are identified through widespread community testing, our tracers will need to work quickly to talk with known contacts and help them self-quarantine with any necessary supports.”
“We are proud to be part of Delaware’s solution for COVID contact tracing during this critical time in the state’s history,” said David Cotton, PhD, NORCs project director for this effort. “We are bringing to bear our decades of experience with high volume, scientifically rigorous data collection and public health expertise to help the State and DHSS stem the tide of new infections.”
Over the next week – as the State of Delaware scales up its contact tracing operation – 100 members of the Delaware National Guard will embed with the Division of Public Health to begin wide-scale, statewide contact tracing.
National Guardsmen and women began their training on Monday.
“I’m proud of our Delaware National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who volunteered to serve the state in this mission,” said Major General Michael R. Berry, Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard. “Our Guardsmen and women live in these communities and are best positioned to assist DPH with such a critical role to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware.”
Under Delaware’s contact tracing program, Delawareans who have tested positive for COVID-19 should expect a phone call from a case investigator asking for information which includes a list of the person’s known contacts. Contact tracers will then reach out to each of those contacts to help them safely quarantine, to find alternate arrangements as necessary, and to help them get tested for COVID-19, if recommended.
Delawareans who need extra support to safely self-quarantine – such as grocery delivery or alternative housing – will be referred to a network of local community health workers. Healthy Communities Delaware will coordinate the community health worker effort, in partnership with community-based organizations.
“Healthy Communities Delaware believes that using community-based partnerships and providing necessary and life-sustaining resources and other social services supports directly to those individuals in vulnerable communities who are most impacted by COVID-19 is paramount in reducing the spread of this disease in our state,” said Rita Landgraf, Managerial Partner for Healthy Communities Delaware, University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities.
The Delaware Department of Technology and Information will work with NORC’s technology partner, Enovational, and the Delaware Health Information Network to build a technology platform that allows the Division of Public Health to efficiently share data with contact tracers.
“Technology has played a critical role during this pandemic to gather, track, and share data,” said Chief Information Officer James Collins of the Delaware Department of Technology and Information. “In the hands of contact tracers, it will be an invaluable force multiplier that helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

About NORC
From 2015 to 2020, NORC has conducted more than 3 million hours of telephone interviews. A significant portion of those interviews were in support of major public health-related studies such as the National Immunization Survey, which NORC conducts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, which NORC conducts for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, which NORC conducts for the National Institutes of Health.
Many of these studies involve nuanced, carefully scripted conversations about sensitive health issues, and interviewees are often members of underrepresented or difficult-to-reach demographic groups. Through these and similar studies, NORC has derived significant methodological expertise, including how best to deploy and integrate different modes of data collection and the technologies that support them.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 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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Approximately 200 Delawareans will be hired as contact tracers
WILMINGTON, Del. –  Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that the State of Delaware entered into an agreement with the nonpartisan research institution NORC at the University of Chicago to build Delaware’s statewide contact tracing program to contain COVID-19, limit Delawareans’ exposure to the disease, and restart Delaware’s economy.
The contact tracing program builds on Delaware’s statewide plan to test up to 80,000 Delawareans monthly for COVID-19. Expanded testing and contact tracing efforts are key to reopening Delaware’s economy under guidance from the White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
NORC also has partnered with the State of Maryland to perform contact tracing. Delaware and Maryland will share information to more effectively monitor COVID-19’s spread across state lines.
Approximately 200 Delawareans will be hired as contact tracers and support staff.
Applications for contact tracers and other associated positions will be posted at de.gov/coronavirus in the coming weeks.

“To safely reopen our economy, we need to be able to quickly identify positive COVID-19 cases and reach out to those residents who may have been exposed. This contact tracing program brings us one step closer to returning Delaware to a new normal,” said Governor Carney. “We’ve been working with Maryland to coordinate our reopening efforts, and this partnership will build on that collaboration. Going forward, hiring a contact tracing workforce of Delawareans that reflects the diversity of our state will be a top priority.”

“This is a critically important complement to the statewide testing plan the Governor announced last week and the two plans are really integrally linked,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Contact tracing is a basic public health practice for containing an epidemiological event by talking with the person who is infected and reaching out to their contacts in order to decrease transmission. It will help us track positive cases of COVID-19 and limit the spread of the virus both short-term and long-term.”
“One of our highest priorities is making sure that our workforce of contact tracers reflects the entire community we serve,” saidDepartment of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a practicing family physician. “When positive cases of COVID-19 are identified through widespread community testing, our tracers will need to work quickly to talk with known contacts and help them self-quarantine with any necessary supports.”
“We are proud to be part of Delaware’s solution for COVID contact tracing during this critical time in the state’s history,” said David Cotton, PhD, NORCs project director for this effort. “We are bringing to bear our decades of experience with high volume, scientifically rigorous data collection and public health expertise to help the State and DHSS stem the tide of new infections.”
Over the next week – as the State of Delaware scales up its contact tracing operation – 100 members of the Delaware National Guard will embed with the Division of Public Health to begin wide-scale, statewide contact tracing.
National Guardsmen and women began their training on Monday.
“I’m proud of our Delaware National Guard Citizen Soldiers and Airmen who volunteered to serve the state in this mission,” said Major General Michael R. Berry, Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard. “Our Guardsmen and women live in these communities and are best positioned to assist DPH with such a critical role to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in Delaware.”
Under Delaware’s contact tracing program, Delawareans who have tested positive for COVID-19 should expect a phone call from a case investigator asking for information which includes a list of the person’s known contacts. Contact tracers will then reach out to each of those contacts to help them safely quarantine, to find alternate arrangements as necessary, and to help them get tested for COVID-19, if recommended.
Delawareans who need extra support to safely self-quarantine – such as grocery delivery or alternative housing – will be referred to a network of local community health workers. Healthy Communities Delaware will coordinate the community health worker effort, in partnership with community-based organizations.
“Healthy Communities Delaware believes that using community-based partnerships and providing necessary and life-sustaining resources and other social services supports directly to those individuals in vulnerable communities who are most impacted by COVID-19 is paramount in reducing the spread of this disease in our state,” said Rita Landgraf, Managerial Partner for Healthy Communities Delaware, University of Delaware Partnership for Healthy Communities.
The Delaware Department of Technology and Information will work with NORC’s technology partner, Enovational, and the Delaware Health Information Network to build a technology platform that allows the Division of Public Health to efficiently share data with contact tracers.
“Technology has played a critical role during this pandemic to gather, track, and share data,” said Chief Information Officer James Collins of the Delaware Department of Technology and Information. “In the hands of contact tracers, it will be an invaluable force multiplier that helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

About NORC
From 2015 to 2020, NORC has conducted more than 3 million hours of telephone interviews. A significant portion of those interviews were in support of major public health-related studies such as the National Immunization Survey, which NORC conducts for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, which NORC conducts for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services; and the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, which NORC conducts for the National Institutes of Health.
Many of these studies involve nuanced, carefully scripted conversations about sensitive health issues, and interviewees are often members of underrepresented or difficult-to-reach demographic groups. Through these and similar studies, NORC has derived significant methodological expertise, including how best to deploy and integrate different modes of data collection and the technologies that support them.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 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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