Two new deaths announced Friday at Little Sisters of the Poor's Jeanne Jugan Residence in Ogletown brought the total number of novel coronavirus COVID-19's deaths at the long-term care facility to six.
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.
There are 450 confirmed novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Delaware, 57 over the day prior, blowing past the 400 milestone, and again setting the record for most new positives announced day-over-day.
For some Delaware small business owners, the rollout of the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on Friday, April 3, 2020 has not gone smoothly.
Delaware is going to top 400 positive cases of novel coronavirus COVID-19 Friday, and it's going to nearly double its hospitalizations to almost 100.
Dozens of inmates in the Delaware Department of Corrections (DOC) are joining the effort to make face masks for use within the prison system and for first responders.
Hospitals are blowing through their equipment faster than the demand for it requires, and they're having trouble keeping up on the front lines of a global pandemic caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Newark Police say they changed two Main Street tenants with violating the city's State of Emergency restriction on the size of groupings.
The Delaware State Police say they plan to enforce Governor Carney's state of emergency reducing the reasons out-of-state drivers can be in Delaware due to COVID-19.
Two more Wilmington Police officers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus COVID-19, bringing the force's total of confirmed cases to three.
Delaware's number of confirmed novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases jumped again Thursday but remained under the next milestone, 400, at 393.
The YMCA of Delaware teamed up with the Food Bank of Delaware on Thursday, April 2, 2020 to help distribute food staples to members of the community facing a shortage due in part to the COVID-19 crisis.
A resident at Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City has contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19, WDEL has independently confirmed.
Nationally, 6.6 million people filed unemployment claims last week, an unprecedented record driven by a global pandemic caused by novel coronavirus COVID-19. Locally, Delaware saw more claims filed last week than the state had seen in the previous eight months, combined.
Kurt Foreman, president and CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) joined Peter MacArthur on DelAWARE Thursday morning to discuss the results of surveys being conducted in Delaware and around the nation trying to gather data on how COVID-19 is impacting the economy.
Frontier Airlines has indefinitely postponed plans to return to New Castle Air Service this May, the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) confirmed.
The novel coronavirus COVID-19 could peak here in Delaware soon--sooner than expected, according to a University of Delaware epidemiologist.
The last three weeks have marked one of the most devastating periods in history for the American job market, as first-time claims for unemployment benefits have surged more than 3,000% since early March.
A retired Catholic Diocese of Wilmington priest became the fourth victim to die from novel coronavirus COVID-19 complications at the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Jeanne Jugan Residence in Ogletown, officials said Thursday.
Delaware's public safety agencies will receive just over $3.5 million of a $850 million national package from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dr. Calvin Keeler, a molecular virologist with the University of Delaware's Department of Animal and Food Sciences, thinks mapping out the genesis of COVID-19 can help lead us to a better understanding of what might happen next as we deal with unprecedented level of uncertainty surrounding t…
Salesianum School said it plans to support all of its families affected by COVID-19 layoffs, ensuring that's not the reason a student would leave the school.
Gatherings in Delaware have been limited to 10 people, and businesses have new social distancing standards to follow under another update to Delaware's state of emergency by Governor John Carney.
A Hockessin couple specializing in children's entertainment isn't letting the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic stop them from virtually spreading as much joy as possible to kids around the globe
The day after the state announced its largest single-day jump in patients, bringing Delaware's total number of novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases over 300, Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Division of Public Health, hosted a weekly livestream focused on concerns about aging and vulnerable pop…
Archmere-alum Gregory Jasani is going through his residency in a Maryland emergency room as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in his state and the country.
In a virtual presentation forced by novel coronavirus COVID-19 Tuesday night, New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer presented his Fiscal Year 2021 budget address which, while heavily addressing up-front the concerns caused by the global pandemic, included no tax increases.
There are now 319 positive novel coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Delaware, a jump from 264 the day prior, the largest single-day jump in confirmations since the start of the pandemic.
Hundreds of broken ventilators, needed now more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis, sit gathering dust in warehouses across the country.
Delaware Governor John Carney's latest directive on self-quarantining has led to additional restrictions at Delaware's State Parks.
A total of three residents of Little Sisters of the Poor have died from the novel coronavirus COVID-19, Sister Constance Veit confirmed to WDEL Tuesday.
President Donald Trump's decision to extend social distancing guidelines until April 30 came after officials reviewed 12 different statistical models, said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a Sunday press briefing.
Wilmington University announced Tuesday its commencement ceremonies, originally scheduled for mid-May 2020, have been delayed to the end of October to reduce the potential for spreading novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Wilmington's meal distribution system has been expanded in light of the ongoing novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, so that more youth have greater access to regular nutrition, Mayor Mike Purzycki announced Tuesday.
A day after announcing a confirmed novel coronavirus COVID-19 case in a Level V facility staff member, the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF) announced Tuesday a second confirmation--at a separate facility.
On Monday night, Delaware Governor John Carney amended his State of Emergency declaration for the eighth time, allowing child care programs in the state to be designated as "emergency child care" to assist only essential personnel fighting novel coronavirus COVID-19.
A 92-year-old Sussex County woman became the seventh death related to novel coronavirus COVID-19 in Delaware, public health officials announced Monday.
A staffer at the Governor Bacon Health Center in Delaware City has contracted the novel coronavirus COVID-19, WDEL has independently confirmed.
Delaware's existing SNAP benefits recipients can receive additional assistance in March and April as part of the federally issued Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020.
Macy's is furloughing a majority of its 125,000 employees because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has sunk sales and forced it close to its stores.
The YMCA has reopened its shuttered facilities to act as emergency response centers during the COVID-19 outbreak.