"Flu season has officially started in Delaware, and we have launched our enhanced communication and awareness campaign called Fight Flu Delaware."
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.
Newark City Council narrowly voted to continue their stricter-than-Delaware private gathering limits, but did at least give clues when they could go away.
A Delaware Chancery Court judge has denied efforts by the Delaware Republican State Committee to declare the state's vote-by-mail system unconstitutional.
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) said they are keeping a close eye on several long term care facilities in the state in the wake of 'significant ongoing' coronavirus outbreaks.
Delaware officials will begin accepting a second round of applications from small businesses and nonprofit organizations seeking part of $30 million in DE Relief Grants on Thursday, October 1, 2020.
When the DIAA Board of Directors voted September 28 as the date to commence fall sports in Delaware, it wasn't the top choice of the state's heads of school, but as the first [electric] whistle prepares to sound, plenty of questions remain.
Governor John Carney announced Friday a revision to his omnibus State of Emergency declaration resuming Freedom of Information requests, which had previously been halted during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Delaware will layoff staff in multiple departments and furlough all staff due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
It's unclear whether there was actually a smell inside the room where the Appoquinimink School Board held a workshop Wednesday, but one board member let loose on the recent decision to allow fall sports to begin next week in Delaware.
"At Archmere, we're really fortunate to be back in person, but I know that's not the case for a lot of students," said school counselor Francesca Pileggi. "Even with being back in person, there is still a lot of isolation this year. Students are not able to be as socially active as they migh…
The DIAA Football Committee spent two hours unsuccessfully shaping what two four-team state tournaments would look like in this shortened season, but it was the last five minutes that implied getting there could be an issue.
Work release programs and visitation have been suspended at the Plummer Community Corrections Center to curb rising cases of COVID-19 at the Wilmington facility.
The University of Delaware is vowing to crack down after it experienced its largest single-day spike of COVID-19 infections Thursday, with 34 students testing positive.
Wilmington City Councilman Va'Shaun "Vash" Turner, who lost his bid to be city treasurer in the recent election, has filed a federal lawsuit against the state over voting "irregularities" and "misconduct" on Primary Day in Wilmington.
There are 34 new positive novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases at the University of Delaware, school officials reported Thursday, the largest single-day jump since the school started testing on the last day of August 2020.
New Castle County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5 president Jonathon Yard fired back at members of New Castle County Council, who spent the end of their recent meeting criticizing the organization for its endorsement of President Donald Trump.
University of Delaware athletes have begun a modified conditioning season, as COVID-19 continues to be looming around the Newark campus.
Delaware's percent of positive coronavirus tests now stands at 7.1 percent--that's the highest level since mid-July.
The organizers of a rodeo at a Bridgeville farm that state officials called fear could be a "superspreader" of COVID-19 last weekend have been fined by the Delaware Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.
"I'm a working parent and when I found out that my daughter was going to need to learn virtually to start the year, I thought to myself, 'My goodness, how am I going to handle this with with my own job and her learning?'"
The Delaware Division of Public Health is asking anyone who attended the rodeo event at Rancho 24 in Bridgeville on Sunday, September 6, 2020 to get a COVID-19 test.
Appoquinimink School District families are getting another survey, and the district is hoping it helps them take a step towards beginning their hybrid stage next month.
The state is establishing a $25 million fund using CARES Act money to assist the state's nonprofit organizations.
Social distancing and mandatory mask use were key recommendations provided by the DIAA Sports Medicine Advisory Committee that met two days ahead of a critical vote on fall sports.
Delaware State Police estimate as many as 2,000 people attended what officers called a "rodeo" in Bridgeville, and state officials fear the "illegal gathering" could be a superspreader of COVID-19.
Pfizer and BioNTech are confident they can have a vaccine against the novel coronavirus ready for regulatory approval by the middle of October or early November, BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin told CNN Tuesday.
Drug giant AstraZeneca said Tuesday it had paused global trials of its coronavirus vaccine because of an unexplained illness in one of the volunteers.
When will Delaware move to Phase 3 of its reopening plan in the wake of the global novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic? It depends on how responsibly the state handled its Labor Day weekend festivities, Governor John Carney said Tuesday.
Delaware is back on New Jersey's quarantine list this week, continuing a frustrating one week on/one week off trend that's infuriated Governor John Carney.
A Cape Henlopen High School student has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the district over what she called "unequal" remote learning opportunities.
From the West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden came out hard against President Donald Trump's handling of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and resulting state of the economy Friday, saying the president has failed on all fronts.
Public health officials announced Thursday they would begin approving proposed indoor visitation plans for long-term care facilities with low COVID-19 rates.
The increased costs of preventing COVID spread are a major concern for the chairman of Delaware's Sports Medicine Advisory Committee as the state continues looking into restarting high school sports.
The University of Delaware is reporting 19 students and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19 during the past three days, according to a new dashboard provided by the school.
"Back to school has always been a special time--in your families and mine--but particularly in mine because, for all the years Jill and I are married, she was going back to school, too, as a teacher," former Vice President Joe Biden said from The Queen in Wilmington Wednesday. "Jill's an edu…
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To assist parents who have to head back to work, but have young children entering a new school year in any kind of virtual setting, YMCA of Delaware is launching a new program focused on giving them a learning space outside the house.