A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.
A diagnosis with coronavirus 229E, NL63, OC43, or HKU1 is not the same as a COVID-19 diagnosis. Patients with COVID-19 will be evaluated and cared for differently than patients with common coronavirus diagnosis.
To date, Delaware:
- Has activated the Division of Public Health’s State Health Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;
- Maintains communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;
- Is monitoring asymptomatic (not sick) individuals returning from Mainland China to ensure they do not develop symptoms;
- Provides symptom monitoring guidance for residents returning to Delaware from China, Italy, Japan, South Korea and Iran;
- Participates in frequent calls with health care systems, EMS and first responder agencies and other state agency partners;
- Provides information to health care professionals, businesses and educational settings;
- and Has reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans for COVID-19.
The Delaware Division of Public Health 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, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA), DSHS and EMS agencies.
The 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.
- Clean surfaces at home, work or school that you use often.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- If you are healthy, the CDC does not recommend buying or using face masks. If you are infected, however, a mask can help prevent the spread of a virus.
The coronavirus pandemic has led to a different way of life for many of us as required social distancing has created heartache for families during both times of sorrow and times of joy.
There was a single new death reported by Delaware's public health officials Thursday as "active" COVID-19 cases and total hospitalizations again decreased day-to-day, and full recoveries surpassed the 5,000 mark.
Despite increased access to unemployment insurance for those traditionally exempt from the funds--and a slight increase in initial claims last week following six weeks of decreasing initial claims--claims this week decreased yet again to their lowest point since the start of the pandemic.
As Delawareans, in some sectors, prepare to go back to work in Phase 1 of reopening, which begins June 1, 2020, some employers are being urged by the state to stand up testing options for employees, based on risk and possible exposure to COVID-19.
Delaware has had Olympic-sized success in swimming over the years, but as the state prepares to enter Phase 1 of its reopening plan on June 1, swim teams remain dried up.
Delaware's community pools were eligible to open last Friday for Memorial Day weekend, but Wilmington still isn't sure if the city's will open at all in 2020.
Superintendent of the Delaware State Police Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. was unanimously confirmed during a virtual state Senate hearing as the new Secretary of the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
A lawsuit challenging the governor's ban on short-term rentals as part of coronavirus restrictions will go forward, despite the ban being lifted June 1, 2020.
There were only 30 new positive novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases, in part due to a lag in processing due to the holiday weekend, reported by the Delaware Division of Public Health Wednesday.
New Castle County Council spent nearly two hours to mostly take out one word from two parts of legislation connected to the CARES Act.
From hoping they'd work together to asking for the lion's share, the tides appear to have shifted in discussions between the state and New Castle County over federal CARES Act funding for coronavirus expenditures.
"Customers are not going to come back unless they feel safe and confident that they're not going to be exposed to the virus," said Governor John Carney on Tuesday. "I know our business sector partners really understand that and appreciate that."
"I come to you today really pretty excited and pleased with what I saw over Memorial Day weekend," said Governor John Carney Tuesday afternoon. "I went down to Rehoboth [Beach] to see firsthand the situation on the ground, and the boardwalk and beach in Rehoboth, and then in Lewes and Cape H…
A pair of troops within the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay made an epic delivery of cookies to the healthcare workers at ChristianaCare on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.
Delaware's 'active' novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases dropped almost another dozen Tuesday as the state gets ready for a series of sweeping restriction dismissals come June 1st's Phase I reopening plan.
Delaware is moving to make summer a little more fun in the wake of a global pandemic with the sweeping lifting of a number of restrictions.
Mandatory COVID-19 testing for staff is coming to long-term care centers after universal, voluntary testing initially saw weak results.
The mix of ugly weather and COVID-19 restrictions made a grey combination for visitors and businesses alike at the Delaware beaches on Memorial Day.
Governor John Carney held a coronavirus briefing from Lewes on Memorial Day to say he was "impressed" with the way Delaware's beaches and beachgoers handled the reopening over the holiday weekend.
Delaware continues to see a decline in the number of people hospitalized from COVID-19, but there has also been a corresponding increase in the number of fatalities.
Places of worship can now hold their religious services outdoors with no restrictions on gatherings or the ages of participants.
The weather was lousy, the vendors were few, and it seemed like just a trickle of vehicles moving through at times, but the first New Castle County Farmers Market of the season got underway at Carousel Park Friday, May 22, 2020.
Delaware Department of Labor Secretary Cerron Cade is reminding the record number of Delawareans filing for unemployment to be careful with the numbers they are reporting, to avoid a potentially lengthy delay in benefits.
Community pools in Delaware were able to reopen starting at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020 but under strict coronavirus restrictions, including being limited to 20 percent capacity.
Governor John Carney was reflective Friday during his bi-weekly update on Delaware's response to the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, citing the state's response to crisis will likely be discussed in the future as adversity overcome.
With 1,444 new novel coronavirus COVID-19 tests results reported Friday, Delaware saw 143 new cumulative positive cases while hospitalizations increased by a single patient and active cases decreased by 28.
"They ate the whole blueberry pie between the three of them, which was just absolutely wonderful."
Delaware's revenue outlook improved for the current fiscal year, lessening the impact of an anticipated $150 million shortfall.
Delaware's allocation of federal CARES Act funding totaled $1.25 billion--with all of that money having to be spent by the end of the calendar year on eligible coronavirus-related items, things like testing, contact tracing, and more.
NASCAR has returned to live racing over the past week with events at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina, but what could it mean for Dover's planned August races?
The Delaware Division of Public Health received a $67 million Epidemiology Laboratory Capacity grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help expand testing for COVID-19.
Around a thousand people were expected at a mass drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at Middletown High School on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Universal testing for COVID-19 in Delaware's long-term care centers isn't going so well, despite the centers being home to 65 percent of the state's deaths from the novel coronavirus.
While two Delaware counties reached new milestones in the number of cumulative positive cases, total recoveries jumped well beyond the 4,000 mark with a 165-case increase, public health officials announced.
For the ninth week in a row, millions of Americans filed for initial unemployment benefits. Even as the economy is beginning to reopen in parts of the country, layoffs and furloughs have taken hold of the US labor market.
After six weeks of declining initial unemployment claims, the Delaware Division of Unemployment Insurance reported Thursday an increase in initial claims.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has announced a reopening plan after it stopped in-person services when Delaware's state of emergency limited groups to 10 people or less.
Both the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) have announced plans to return workers to their respective toll plazas on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Governor John Carney's most important novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic data point--hospitalizations--and known "active" cases continued to decrease day-to-day Wednesday, Delaware Division of Public Health officials announced.
Although summer camps in Delaware are still not able to reopen from coronavirus restrictions, that hasn't stopped some camp organizers for getting ready for when the campers do come back.