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COVID-19 Testing Set for Beach Area after Additional Cases IdentifiedDate Posted: June 28, 2020
Delaware Agregado al Programa Piloto de Compras en Línea de SNAPDate Posted: June 28, 2020
Delaware SNAP to Issue Additional Emergency Benefits Starting June 30Date Posted: June 28, 2020
Public Health Announces 74 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 27, 2020
Public Health Announces 78 New Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 26, 2020
Main Street Newark Project CompletedDate Posted: June 26, 2020
Declaration of Independence to be read aloud in front of Dover, Del.’s Old State House on July 4, 2020Date Posted: June 26, 2020
Treasurer Davis Says Now is the Time to Review Savings PlansDate Posted: June 26, 2020
Public Health Announces 42 Additional Cases, 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 25, 2020
Governor Carney’s Statement on Voting by Mail LegislationDate Posted: June 25, 2020
STATEMENT: Governor Carney Announces Delay in Phase 3 of Economic ReopeningDate Posted: June 25, 2020
Public Health Announces 91 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 25, 2020
Governor Carney Signs Executive Order on Law Enforcement Policy  Date Posted: June 25, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Statement on General Assembly Passage of Fiscal Year 2021 BudgetDate Posted: June 24, 2020
Department Of Insurance Renews National AccreditationDate Posted: June 24, 2020
Delaware Senate confirms Collins to lead Aglands Preservation Foundation Board of TrusteesDate Posted: June 23, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate ConfirmationsDate Posted: June 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 27 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in DelawareDate Posted: June 23, 2020
June 23, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: June 23, 2020
Public Health Announces 45 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 22, 2020
Rehabilitation work underway at Lewes’ Zwaanendael MuseumDate Posted: June 22, 2020
Public Health Announces 94 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19; 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 21, 2020
Public Health Announces 70 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 20, 2020
Public Health Encourages COVID-19 Testing for Teens Participating in Senior Week Activities Following Positive CasesDate Posted: June 20, 2020
Public Health Announces Increase in Positive Cases of COVID-19, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 19, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional Interim Steps for Phase 2Date Posted: June 19, 2020
Transportation Infrastructure Investment Fund Council Makes First RecommendationsDate Posted: June 19, 2020
Public Health Announces 55 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 5 New DeathsDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on Governor Carney’s executive order announcementDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Delaware Aglands Program Ranks Second in the United States for Preserving FarmlandDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Governor Carney Closes State of Delaware Offices in Honor of JuneteenthDate Posted: June 18, 2020
Delaware Added to SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot ProgramDate Posted: June 17, 2020
DART Launches “Stuff the Bus” Food Drive to Support Food Bank of DE June 22 – June 26Date Posted: June 17, 2020
Delaware Graduation Rates at Highest Level in a DecadeDate Posted: June 17, 2020
Public Health Announces 41 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: June 16, 2020
Suspected Overdose Deaths for May in Delaware Tie Previous Monthly High Set in 2018Date Posted: June 16, 2020
Public Health Announces 63 Additional Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 1 New DeathDate Posted: June 16, 2020
June 16, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 16, 2020
Public Health Announces 76 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 1 More DeathDate Posted: June 15, 2020
Public Health Announces 35 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 3 New DeathsDate Posted: June 14, 2020
Nominations Open for 2020 Young Environmentalist AwardsDate Posted: June 12, 2020
Public Health Announces No New Deaths From COVID-19 in Delaware, 67 more Positive CasesDate Posted: June 12, 2020
June 12, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 12, 2020
Public Health Announces 50 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 1 More DeathDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Delaware Building Energy Codes Receive UpdateDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Judicial NominationsDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Delaware Libraries Launch 2020 Summer Reading ProgramDate Posted: June 11, 2020
Public Health Announces 36 More Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 3 New DeathsDate Posted: June 10, 2020
Delaware Division of the Arts Awards $443,000 in CARES Act Relief FundsDate Posted: June 10, 2020
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “The Pandemic Paintings” by Theresa WaltonDate Posted: June 10, 2020
Nominations Open for Delaware’s Compassionate Champion AwardDate Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware Surpasses 10,000 Positive Cases of COVID-19Date Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware growers allowed to use up existing dicamba stockDate Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware’s Triple-A Bond Ratings ReaffirmedDate Posted: June 9, 2020
Delaware surf-fishing permits are sold out after reaching annual capDate Posted: June 9, 2020
June 9, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 30 More Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: June 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 97 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 8 New DeathsDate Posted: June 7, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: June 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 72 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 27 Additional COVID-19 Positive Cases Among Delawareans; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 5, 2020
June 5, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 5, 2020
Public Health Announces 34 More Positive Cases of COVID-19, 11 New Deaths of DelawareansDate Posted: June 4, 2020
Herring Point, beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park closed to surfing, swimming due to possible shark biteDate Posted: June 4, 2020
State Releases Preliminary Look at Health Care Spending in 2018Date Posted: June 4, 2020
DNREC announces 15,500 surf-fishing permits issued this year, restricts sales locationsDate Posted: June 3, 2020
Public Health Announces 27 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans and 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 3, 2020
Public Health Announces 80 Additional COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans and 5 New DeathsDate Posted: June 2, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Phase 2 of Delaware’s Economic Reopening to Begin on June 15Date Posted: June 2, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on violence in Washington, D.C.Date Posted: June 2, 2020
June 2, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: June 2, 2020
Governor Carney Creates Pandemic Resurgence Advisory CommitteeDate Posted: June 1, 2020
State to Begin Coronavirus Testing at Wilmington High-Rise Buildings on June 2Date Posted: June 1, 2020
Public Health Announces 107 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 2 More DeathsDate Posted: June 1, 2020
Delaware’s State Museums Reopening With Self-Guided ToursDate Posted: June 1, 2020
Public Health Announces 76 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 5 New DeathsDate Posted: May 31, 2020
Public Health Announces 186 Additional COVID-19 Positive Cases Among Delawareans; 5 New DeathsDate Posted: May 30, 2020
DE Dept. of Labor Disburses Pandemic Unemployment Assistance PaymentsDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Forest Campsites and Redden Lodge to Stay ClosedDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Governor Carney Releases Guidance on Summer Camp, Summer School ProgramsDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 65 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19, 11 New DeathsDate Posted: May 29, 2020
SNAP de Delaware Otorgará Beneficios de Emergencia Adicionales Que Estarán Disponibles Desde el 30 de MayoDate Posted: May 29, 2020
Public Health Announces 75 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases Among Delawareans; 1 New DeathDate Posted: May 28, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program to Issue Additional Emergency Benefits That Will Be Available Starting May 30Date Posted: May 28, 2020
May 29, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 28, 2020
The DE Dept. of Labor Releases Fraud Prevention GuidelinesDate Posted: May 28, 2020
Delaware Poets Laureate Receive a 2020 Fellowship from the Academy of American PoetsDate Posted: May 28, 2020
DNREC to resume state park campground rentals June 1Date Posted: May 27, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Statement on Senate ConfirmationsDate Posted: May 27, 2020
Public Health Announces 30 Additional Positive Cases Among Delawareans, 9 New DeathsDate Posted: May 27, 2020
Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs launches At Home Concert SeriesDate Posted: May 27, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Park Rangers arrest Rehoboth Beach man on multiple drug chargesDate Posted: May 27, 2020
Insurance Commissioner Shares Reopening RemindersDate Posted: May 27, 2020
Public Health Announces 101 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, 4 New DeathsDate Posted: May 26, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Lifting of Short-Term Rental Ban, Out-of-State Quarantine on June 1Date Posted: May 26, 2020
Action Ordered to Protect Highmark Medicare Supplement ConsumersDate Posted: May 26, 2020
May 26, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 25, 2020
Public Health Announces 156 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 Among Delawareans; 6 New DeathsDate Posted: May 25, 2020
May 25, 2020 – COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: May 25, 2020

SMYRNA (June 28, 2020) – For the second time in just over a week, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is asking people in the Delaware beach area, particularly in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, to get tested for COVID-19. The recommendation comes after testing in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday identified approximately 100 persons as positive for the disease, and testing in Dewey on Friday identified another dozen persons as positive. DPH has begun making contact with the positive cases and their contacts and is providing guidance on how to safely self-isolate or self-quarantine. DPH is investigating potential additional cases in the beach area as well.
To provide easier access to those in the beach area who wish to get tested, a community-based testing event has been scheduled for Monday June 29, 2020, at the Starboard restaurant in Dewey beach from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pre-registration for this site is full, though a limited number of walk up spots are available. A second community testing event is scheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Additional community testing sites in the beach area are likely to be scheduled in the next week or so. Registration is open at http://delaware.curativeinc.com. Testing is highly encouraged for:
those living in the beach area with people who are not part of your family;
those attending parties, or restaurants/bars in the last two weeks where you were not wearing a face covering or social distancing;
people working in the restaurant, hotel or retail industry who have frequent contact with other people.
Beebe Healthcare is also partnering with the Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) to offer testing on Monday and Tuesday to staff of any food establishment in or near the beach area. Testing is scheduled for Monday, June 29, 2020, from noon to 2 p.m. at Big Fish Grill, 20298 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach. Testing will also be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Touch of Italy in Rehoboth Beach at 19724 Coastal Hwy. No pre-registration is required. Anyone with questions can call 302-738-2545.
Information about testing events statewide, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, is listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.
“We are extremely concerned by yet another cluster of COVID-19 cases in the beach area and the potential for spread to others both at work and in social gatherings,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “We know that some of the positive persons have been at parties recently, potentially transmitting the virus to others who may still be here or may have returned to their homes in other counties or states. We are also concerned by our own staff observations in the beach area and pictures seen on social media of people not wearing face coverings or social distancing while they are out and about, including at bars and restaurants. Make no mistake, continuing this behavior is a recipe for disaster. It is a sure way for us to end up with widespread infection that ultimately may not be contained to the beach area.” Dr. Rattay indicated that the risk for widespread infection, hospitalization and even death is higher when people spend more time, close together (not social distancing), in an indoor setting such as a restaurant or bar, where they are not using face coverings.
DPH asks anyone who observes either lack of social distancing or lack of use of face coverings by patrons or staff at businesses to report it to HSPContact@delaware.gov. All complaints are anonymous. Last week, DPH announced a partnership with the Division of Small Business in which DPH’s Health Systems Protection (HSP) section will begin enforcing violations of the state’s reopening requirements in Delaware businesses. While collaboration and education for non-compliance is the preferred action in most cases, HSP will have a broad array of enforcement actions available to it, including business closures as warranted. Some restaurants and bars have chosen to close, limit hours, or limit services based on concerns over the spread of infection in the beach community, and DPH appreciates, supports and encourages any prevention measures businesses they may implement.
“We truly need the public’s cooperation to report when they see persons at businesses not wearing face coverings or social distancing as required,” said DPH Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong. “Every individual has the opportunity to play an important role in our statewide infection control efforts by telling us when they see something wrong. Additionally, we need the assistance of all COVID-19 positive persons to identify the people they have been in close contact with so that those doing contact tracing on behalf of DPH can reach out and give your close contacts guidance on how to safely quarantine. In order to control the further spread of potential infection, we need everyone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 and those who may have been exposed to voluntarily self-isolate and self-quarantine.”
If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.
If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business reopenings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.
Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email info@delaware211.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.
In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: DPH_PAC@delaware.gov or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.
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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SMYRNA (June 28, 2020) – For the second time in just over a week, the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is asking people in the Delaware beach area, particularly in Rehoboth and Dewey Beach, to get tested for COVID-19. The recommendation comes after testing in Rehoboth Beach on Thursday identified approximately 100 persons as positive for the disease, and testing in Dewey on Friday identified another dozen persons as positive. DPH has begun making contact with the positive cases and their contacts and is providing guidance on how to safely self-isolate or self-quarantine. DPH is investigating potential additional cases in the beach area as well.
To provide easier access to those in the beach area who wish to get tested, a community-based testing event has been scheduled for Monday June 29, 2020, at the Starboard restaurant in Dewey beach from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Pre-registration for this site is full, though a limited number of walk up spots are available. A second community testing event is scheduled for Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Additional community testing sites in the beach area are likely to be scheduled in the next week or so. Registration is open at http://delaware.curativeinc.com. Testing is highly encouraged for:
those living in the beach area with people who are not part of your family;
those attending parties, or restaurants/bars in the last two weeks where you were not wearing a face covering or social distancing;
people working in the restaurant, hotel or retail industry who have frequent contact with other people.
Beebe Healthcare is also partnering with the Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) to offer testing on Monday and Tuesday to staff of any food establishment in or near the beach area. Testing is scheduled for Monday, June 29, 2020, from noon to 2 p.m. at Big Fish Grill, 20298 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach. Testing will also be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Touch of Italy in Rehoboth Beach at 19724 Coastal Hwy. No pre-registration is required. Anyone with questions can call 302-738-2545.
Information about testing events statewide, including community testing sites and free-standing sites operated by the health care systems and hospitals, is listed on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.
“We are extremely concerned by yet another cluster of COVID-19 cases in the beach area and the potential for spread to others both at work and in social gatherings,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “We know that some of the positive persons have been at parties recently, potentially transmitting the virus to others who may still be here or may have returned to their homes in other counties or states. We are also concerned by our own staff observations in the beach area and pictures seen on social media of people not wearing face coverings or social distancing while they are out and about, including at bars and restaurants. Make no mistake, continuing this behavior is a recipe for disaster. It is a sure way for us to end up with widespread infection that ultimately may not be contained to the beach area.” Dr. Rattay indicated that the risk for widespread infection, hospitalization and even death is higher when people spend more time, close together (not social distancing), in an indoor setting such as a restaurant or bar, where they are not using face coverings.
DPH asks anyone who observes either lack of social distancing or lack of use of face coverings by patrons or staff at businesses to report it to HSPContact@delaware.gov. All complaints are anonymous. Last week, DPH announced a partnership with the Division of Small Business in which DPH’s Health Systems Protection (HSP) section will begin enforcing violations of the state’s reopening requirements in Delaware businesses. While collaboration and education for non-compliance is the preferred action in most cases, HSP will have a broad array of enforcement actions available to it, including business closures as warranted. Some restaurants and bars have chosen to close, limit hours, or limit services based on concerns over the spread of infection in the beach community, and DPH appreciates, supports and encourages any prevention measures businesses they may implement.
“We truly need the public’s cooperation to report when they see persons at businesses not wearing face coverings or social distancing as required,” said DPH Medical Director Dr. Rick Hong. “Every individual has the opportunity to play an important role in our statewide infection control efforts by telling us when they see something wrong. Additionally, we need the assistance of all COVID-19 positive persons to identify the people they have been in close contact with so that those doing contact tracing on behalf of DPH can reach out and give your close contacts guidance on how to safely quarantine. In order to control the further spread of potential infection, we need everyone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 and those who may have been exposed to voluntarily self-isolate and self-quarantine.”
If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.
If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Individuals who have complaints about individuals violating public gathering restrictions should contact state or local law enforcement. Concerns that a business may be violating operating restrictions should be directed to: HSPContact@delaware.gov. Questions related to business reopenings or operations as businesses reopen should go to COVID19FAQ@delaware.gov.
Individuals with questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email info@delaware211.org. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov. Questions regarding unemployment claims should be emailed to: UIClaims@delaware.gov.
In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: DPH_PAC@delaware.gov or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.
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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Related Topics:  Coronavirus, DE Division of Public Health, Delaware beaches

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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