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Public Health: Don’t make, use homemade baby formula

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The Delaware Division of Public Health on Tuesday warned parents worried about finding enough baby formula for their children to not make or use homemade formula and to never dilute the formula they may have. Parents across the country are dealing with a shortage of baby formula created by supply chain issues as well as a massive recall in …

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Beebe Specialty Surgical Hospital in Rehoboth ready for first patient

Pam George Headlines, Health

  Damp, chilly weather couldn’t diminish the enthusiasm of the group that gathered Thursday in Beebe Healthcare’s new Specialty Surgical Hospital. Health care leaders, board members and caregivers were on hand to cut the ribbon on the $124 million, four-story hospital, located on the Rehoboth campus just off routes 1 and 24. The hospital will care for its first patient …

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Delaware’s top doctor to step down

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Dr. Karryl Rattay will leave her post as director of the Delaware Division of Public Health on June 30.  Rattay took the job in 2009 during the swine flu pandemic. She is currently the nation’s longest-serving public health director. “It has been the greatest honor of my lifetime to serve Delawareans in this role,” Rattay said Friday. “I am grateful …

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Here’s how to ditch expired, unused medicine Saturday

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    Delaware residents can discard their expired or unused medications — as well as needles — Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at a variety of places around the state. Delaware’s version of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is designed to reduce the chances of people misusing prescriptions, accidentally or deliberately. The event, run by the state …

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State launches one-stop shop for COVID testing, treatment

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health on Thursday announced the launch of the COVID-19 test-to-treat program. The program is aimed at providing convenient testing and treatment options in one location. Test-to-treat locations are designed to be a “one-stop shop” for individuals seeking diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 within five days of showing symptoms. How the program works: If you have …

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State: Students should be tested for COVID after spring break

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    With COVID-19 cases rising again, the state Division of Public Health and Department of Education are asking parents to have their children tested the day before they return to the classroom. Spring break for most Delaware schools will occur the week of April 18. Families can use over-the-counter tests — which some schools gave to student families during …

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Kent woman becomes state’s first flu death of 21-22 season

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The Department of Public Health announced the first flu death of the year Tuesday. A 54-year-0ld Kent County woman became the first person in Delaware to die of the flu this season, the Delaware Division of Public Health announced Tuesday. She had underlying health conditions and was not vaccinated before dying of influenza A, the division said. It does not …

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New CostAware site compares bills for state hospital services, stays

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  A new state website compares the average costs for different kinds of services at Delaware hospitals, based on actual medical claims. But don’t get too excited about the comparisons on CostAware. None of the information is tagged to a specific hospital, although in a few cases, it’s easy to guess which institution the information came from. Without any IDs, …

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Don’t feed feral felines in Frankford, DPH says after rabid fox attacks

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Getty Images A fox in Frankford has tested positive for rabies. The fox did not have any known contact with humans, however, there were reports of the fox attacking stray cats.  If the attacked cats develop rabies, they will become a public health threat, especially to anyone who feeds them.  The fox was tested for rabies and the results came …

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Drop in COVID-19 cases, federal money means changes in Delaware

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Delaware, the state is shifting its weekly stats update to monthly. The next one will come out April 22. The Friday announcement also said the federal program that reimbursed providers for testing and vaccinating uninsured people will stop at 11:59 p.m. April 5. That means some providers may stop …