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DPH Finalizes Recommendations For Next Groups Eligible For COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 29, 2020
Air Permitting Training Sessions Scheduled Jan. 12, 19, 26Date Posted: December 29, 2020
December 29, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 28, 2020
The DOL Releases Guidance Regarding the Newly Signed COVID-19 Relief BillDate Posted: December 28, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Dec. 24, 2020: New Positive Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: December 24, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 24, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: December 24, 2020
Governor Carney, Secretary Bunting Announce One-Time Enrollment Funding for SchoolsDate Posted: December 24, 2020
Commissioner Navarro Signs Health Policy Letter to President-Elect BidenDate Posted: December 23, 2020
Enrollment on Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace Increases More Than 5% For Coverage in 2021Date Posted: December 23, 2020
New Population Projections AvailableDate Posted: December 23, 2020
DNREC Accepting Grant Proposals for Delaware Chesapeake Bay Watershed ProjectsDate Posted: December 23, 2020
Christmas Tree Recycling – a Delaware Post-Holiday Tradition – Continues Statewide for 2020/2021Date Posted: December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 21, 2020
Wilmington man pleads guilty to 2014 homicideDate Posted: December 21, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional Relief Funding for Small Businesses, Arts OrganizationsDate Posted: December 21, 2020
DNREC to Temporarily Close Park Offices Starting Dec. 24Date Posted: December 21, 2020
Four Virtual Programs at State Museums in January 2021Date Posted: December 21, 2020
New Report Outlines Plan for Strengthening Primary Care in DelawareDate Posted: December 21, 2020
DPH Announces Plans to Distribute Moderna VaccineDate Posted: December 19, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 18, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update- Dec. 18, 2020: Surge in New Positive Cases Continues; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to RiseDate Posted: December 18, 2020
Gov. Carney, DPH Announce 750 Vaccines Administered First Week, Share First Vaccinations, Prepare Moderna DistributionDate Posted: December 18, 2020
Resources to Help Delawareans in Challenging Times  Date Posted: December 18, 2020
“Stitching On the Light: A Virtual Stitch Along”Date Posted: December 18, 2020
Croda to Restart Ethylene Oxide Plant for Emissions Test, Then Shut DownDate Posted: December 18, 2020
Garvin Statement on the Nomination of Michael Regan to the U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyDate Posted: December 17, 2020
Division of Public Health Announces Vaccine Call Center Will Open Friday, Dec. 18Date Posted: December 17, 2020
Ringing Bells for Delaware’s Health Care HeroesDate Posted: December 17, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Lawsuit To End Google’s Illegal MonopolyDate Posted: December 17, 2020
Delaware Begins COVID-19 Vaccinations in Long-Term Care FacilitiesDate Posted: December 17, 2020
Solar Rebate Amounts to Increase Jan. 1, 2021Date Posted: December 17, 2020
State of Delaware offices in New Castle County will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2020Date Posted: December 17, 2020
DPH Announces Arrival of 7,800 Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 16, 2020
DNREC Analysis of Brandywine River Dam Sediments Reveals Encouraging ResultsDate Posted: December 16, 2020
DNREC Cancels Dec. 16 Afternoon Managed Deer Hunt at Brandywine Creek State ParkDate Posted: December 15, 2020
CVS Health Awarded Pharmacy Benefit Management Contract for State of DelawareDate Posted: December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 15, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, Bayhealth Announce First Delawarean Has Received the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 15, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Virtual Town Hall: Dec. 14, 6:00 p.m.Date Posted: December 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Arrival of Delaware’s First Shipment of the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Dec. 15 Last Day to Sign Up for 2021 Coverage on Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Watch The Delaware Electoral Vote ProceedingsDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Delaware Taps Fund to Replace Diesel-Guzzling School BusesDate Posted: December 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Delaware’s Plan to Distribute the COVID-19 VaccineDate Posted: December 12, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on Supreme Court’s Texas rulingDate Posted: December 12, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Dec. 11, 2020: Surge in New Positive Cases ContinuesDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Availability of Free Mail-Order NaloxoneDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 11, 2020
DNREC to Temporarily Close Delaware State Parks Nature Centers Starting Dec. 14Date Posted: December 11, 2020
Statement From Attorney General Jennings On Shooting Of Milford Police OfficerDate Posted: December 11, 2020
2021 Annual Prevailing Wage SurveyDate Posted: December 11, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 Restrictions to Confront Winter SurgeDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Individual, Groups, Businesses to Receive Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Awards at Jan. 18 Virtual CeremonyDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Governor Carney Releases Government Efficiency and Accountability Review (GEAR) Board ReportDate Posted: December 10, 2020
Delaware State Parks Annual Passes, Surf-Fishing Permits on Sale Dec. 16Date Posted: December 10, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Update: DPH Receives Ultra-Cold Storage Unit, Finalizes Recommendations on Initial AllocationDate Posted: December 9, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Antitrust Suit Against Facebook  Date Posted: December 9, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Scheduled to Expire December 26, 2020Date Posted: December 9, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for December to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: December 8, 2020
State Treasurer Colleen Davis Appointed Committee Chair For the National Association of State TreasurersDate Posted: December 8, 2020
Hemp producers in Delaware must register growing sites annuallyDate Posted: December 8, 2020
December 8, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 8, 2020
Video Explores Four Enslaved People and An AbolitionistDate Posted: December 7, 2020
Attorney General Jennings announces $86.3 million multistate settlement with mortgage servicer NationstarDate Posted: December 7, 2020
Statement from Governor Carney on COVID-19 HospitalizationsDate Posted: December 5, 2020
Winter Weather Awareness Week – December 7-11Date Posted: December 4, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update — Dec. 4, 2020: DPH Continues to Announce Rise in Cases, Hospitalizations, RecoveriesDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Following federal indictment, DOJ reminds public of sexual abuse hotlineDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Zwaanendael Museum Decorated For The HolidaysDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Flags to be lowered December 7 for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance DayDate Posted: December 4, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Stay-at-Home Advisory, Universal Indoor Mask OrderDate Posted: December 3, 2020
Mensaje del gobernador Carney sobre el COVID-19Date Posted: December 3, 2020
Message from Governor Carney on COVID-19Date Posted: December 3, 2020
DNREC Soliciting Grant Applications for Projects to Improve Water Quality in DelawareDate Posted: December 3, 2020
Four Virtual-Programs At State Museums In December 2020Date Posted: December 3, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Review of State’s COVID-19 Data DashboardDate Posted: December 2, 2020
“Delaware Day 2020 — Expanding the Delaware Story”Date Posted: December 2, 2020
DNREC’s Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Extended Six MonthsDate Posted: December 2, 2020
Killens Pond State Park to Close to Public Saturday for Cross Country State MeetDate Posted: December 1, 2020
FY2022 Grant Applications for Arts & Community-Based Organizations and Schools Now OpenDate Posted: December 1, 2020
December 1, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: December 1, 2020
Plastic Carryout Bag Ban Effective on Jan. 1, 2021Date Posted: December 1, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Unveils Delaware CARES Act Fund TrackerDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Delaware students thrive during in-person learningDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Numerous Delaware Hunting and Trapping Seasons Open in DecemberDate Posted: November 30, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 29, 2020
Director Schall Tests Positive for COVID-19Date Posted: November 28, 2020
Statement from Governor Carney on DEMA Director’s Positive COVID-19 TestDate Posted: November 28, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 27, 2020: New Daily Cases Remain High; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 27, 2020
Delaware Families, Stakeholders Celebrate Adoption with Virtual EventDate Posted: November 25, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: November 25, 2020
DNREC’s Low-Digit Surf-Fishing Tag Auction Starts Black FridayDate Posted: November 25, 2020
DPH, DEMA Provide COVID-19 Testing UpdateDate Posted: November 24, 2020
AG Jennings Announces Multistate Data Breach Settlement With The Home DepotDate Posted: November 24, 2020
Governor Carney Announces $45 Million Higher Education Relief FundDate Posted: November 24, 2020
November 24, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Poinsettia Sale to Run Nov. 23-Dec. 22 at Greenhouse on DHSS’ Herman Holloway CampusDate Posted: November 23, 2020
Two Additional Youth at Stevenson House Test Positive for COVID-19Date Posted: November 23, 2020

News | Date Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

DOVER (Dec. 29, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has finalized its recommendations for Phase 1b, the next groups who will be considered eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. These groups include frontline essential workers and persons 65 and older.  Currently, the state is in Phase 1a of vaccine rollout which includes vaccinations for ​health care personnel with direct contact ​with ill patients or infectious material, emergency medical services agencies, and long-term care staff and residents. Vaccination for Phase 1b groups is expected to begin by the end of January.  In early December, DPH announced it would make the vaccine available in several phases.  Important determining factors for each phase would include determining who is at greatest risk for death and illness from the virus, ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, and maintaining the functioning of critical health care systems.  How many does of the vaccine each group would be able to get is dependent upon vaccine supply.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on Dec. 20, 2020, that Phase 1b should include frontline essential workers and persons 75 years and older.  ACIP defines frontline essential workers as: First Responders (Firefighters, Police), Education (teachers, support staff, child care staff), Food and Agriculture, Manufacturing, Corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.  As is currently the case with health care workers to whom the vaccine has been distributed, leaders in these industries will be asked to identify which of their staff should receive the vaccine before others based on factors such as frequent close contact with the public, and inability to social distance consistently at work. DPH is already working with several of these groups to assist them in their planning to secure vaccination partners. Frontline essential workforce leaders in these categories who have not heard from DPH are encouraged to visit the Agencies, Organizations, and Businesses section of de.gov/covidvaccine and complete the Planning Survey for Organizations with Essential Workforces.
On Dec. 22, the State Ethics Advisory Group voted to recommend adopting the ACIP Phase 1b approach.  However, DPH decided to lower the age the state would consider eligible in Phase 1b from 75 to 65 based on statewide COVID-related deaths.  While the median age for deaths among White and Asian persons is 82 and 83 respectively, the median age for deaths among Blacks is 74 and it is 66 for Hispanic individuals.
“Making this small change from the ACIP recommendations is the right thing to do for all people in our state,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.  “Doing so provides us the opportunity to vaccinate and protect many more Delawareans, especially those who are already disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to begin with due to a variety of factors.”
The State Ethics Advisory Group did not address any other groups​, but it is expected to vote on a Phase 1c group soon. Vaccine is estimated to begin to be available for some individuals in Phase 1b groups in mid​- to late January; DPH will provide updates on timing as they become available.  Due to limited supplies of the vaccines, they may not be available to everyone in Phase 1b initially.  Individuals 65+ will be asked to contact their health care provider directly near the end of January to discuss their options for receiving the vaccine.  The next phases after 1b could see vaccine availability in mid​- to late February, and it likely will be April before there is more widespread availability based on current supply.  However, timelines are flexible as more supply could be available if additional vaccines are approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Since Dec. 15, 8,422 vaccine doses have been administered in Delaware, and a total of 28,400 combined doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been received.  All of the state’s hospital systems have received vaccine for staff, as have the Federally Qualified Health Centers. Some long-term care facilities began vaccinating in the last two weeks, while waiting for the federal pharmacy partnership program in Delaware to kick off this week.  Last week, Kent County EMS vaccinated some of its staff, while more will be vaccinated this week.  Both New Castle County and Sussex County EMS have plans to vaccinate staff this week as well.
DPH has set up a Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211.  DPH’s Vaccine Call Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Individuals can email their questions concerning the vaccine to Vaccine@Delaware.gov. Individuals can also visit de.gov/covidvaccine for up-to-date information.
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News | Date Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020

DOVER (Dec. 29, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has finalized its recommendations for Phase 1b, the next groups who will be considered eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. These groups include frontline essential workers and persons 65 and older.  Currently, the state is in Phase 1a of vaccine rollout which includes vaccinations for ​health care personnel with direct contact ​with ill patients or infectious material, emergency medical services agencies, and long-term care staff and residents. Vaccination for Phase 1b groups is expected to begin by the end of January.  In early December, DPH announced it would make the vaccine available in several phases.  Important determining factors for each phase would include determining who is at greatest risk for death and illness from the virus, ensuring equitable distribution of the vaccine, and maintaining the functioning of critical health care systems.  How many does of the vaccine each group would be able to get is dependent upon vaccine supply.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on Dec. 20, 2020, that Phase 1b should include frontline essential workers and persons 75 years and older.  ACIP defines frontline essential workers as: First Responders (Firefighters, Police), Education (teachers, support staff, child care staff), Food and Agriculture, Manufacturing, Corrections workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, public transit workers, and grocery store workers.  As is currently the case with health care workers to whom the vaccine has been distributed, leaders in these industries will be asked to identify which of their staff should receive the vaccine before others based on factors such as frequent close contact with the public, and inability to social distance consistently at work. DPH is already working with several of these groups to assist them in their planning to secure vaccination partners. Frontline essential workforce leaders in these categories who have not heard from DPH are encouraged to visit the Agencies, Organizations, and Businesses section of de.gov/covidvaccine and complete the Planning Survey for Organizations with Essential Workforces.
On Dec. 22, the State Ethics Advisory Group voted to recommend adopting the ACIP Phase 1b approach.  However, DPH decided to lower the age the state would consider eligible in Phase 1b from 75 to 65 based on statewide COVID-related deaths.  While the median age for deaths among White and Asian persons is 82 and 83 respectively, the median age for deaths among Blacks is 74 and it is 66 for Hispanic individuals.
“Making this small change from the ACIP recommendations is the right thing to do for all people in our state,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.  “Doing so provides us the opportunity to vaccinate and protect many more Delawareans, especially those who are already disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to begin with due to a variety of factors.”
The State Ethics Advisory Group did not address any other groups​, but it is expected to vote on a Phase 1c group soon. Vaccine is estimated to begin to be available for some individuals in Phase 1b groups in mid​- to late January; DPH will provide updates on timing as they become available.  Due to limited supplies of the vaccines, they may not be available to everyone in Phase 1b initially.  Individuals 65+ will be asked to contact their health care provider directly near the end of January to discuss their options for receiving the vaccine.  The next phases after 1b could see vaccine availability in mid​- to late February, and it likely will be April before there is more widespread availability based on current supply.  However, timelines are flexible as more supply could be available if additional vaccines are approved for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Since Dec. 15, 8,422 vaccine doses have been administered in Delaware, and a total of 28,400 combined doses of the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines have been received.  All of the state’s hospital systems have received vaccine for staff, as have the Federally Qualified Health Centers. Some long-term care facilities began vaccinating in the last two weeks, while waiting for the federal pharmacy partnership program in Delaware to kick off this week.  Last week, Kent County EMS vaccinated some of its staff, while more will be vaccinated this week.  Both New Castle County and Sussex County EMS have plans to vaccinate staff this week as well.
DPH has set up a Vaccine Call Center at 1-833-643-1715. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing should call 2-1-1 or text their ZIP code to 898-211.  DPH’s Vaccine Call Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. Individuals can email their questions concerning the vaccine to Vaccine@Delaware.gov. Individuals can also visit de.gov/covidvaccine for up-to-date information.
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Related Topics:  coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19, COVID-19 Vaccine, DE Division of Public Health, Delaware Division of Public Health

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