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ChristianaCare to require staff vaccinations; only system so far to do it

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines, Health

Christiana Care will require all employees to be vaccinated.   Delaware’s largest healthcare network has provided employees an ultimatum: be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be fired.  ChristianaCare, which is also the state’s largest private employer, operates hospitals in Newark, Wilmington and Elkton, Maryland, as well as smaller practices throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania.  The company will require all employees, residents, students, …

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Carney hasn’t made any decisions after CDC’s mask flip-flop

Daniel Larlham Jr. Education, Headlines, Health

  Delaware Gov. John Carney is studying this week’s Centers for Disease Control recommendation that  everyone wear masks indoors in areas where the Delta variant of COVID is spreading. But he has announced no changes or updates. In Delaware, the number of new COVID-19 infections has jumped to 72 new cases a day now from 20 a day in late …

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West Nile virus found in Delaware chickens infected by mosquitoes

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

West Nile virus has been found in Delaware chickens, infected by mosquitoes.   West Nile virus has popped up in sentinel chickens, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Tuesday. The state routinely tests some chickens for mosquito-borne illnesses including West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. Both can make people sick and, in a few cases, …

Gov. John Carney issued more changes to his emergency orders.

New daily COVID-19 cases more than double in the last four weeks

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The number of COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant has allowed cases to double in a month.   Thanks to the Delta variant, the number of new COVID-19 cases each day in Delaware has more than doubled in the last month. On June 25, the state Division of Public Health said the average daily number of new cases had …

Delaware schools plan to help students with summer and other programs.

State pays $15 million for COVID testing company to work with schools

Betsy Price Education, Headlines, Health

A new program will check teaches and students for COVID-19, even if they don’t have symptoms.   Delaware will pay $15 million for the Quidel Corp. to provide routine COVID-19 testing, processing and reporting for Delaware teachers and students who have no virus symptoms. In many cases, a Delaware Division of Public Health press release said, Quidel’s rapid antigen tests …

The number of people in Delaware to have died from COVID-19 has topped 1,000.d has died from COVID-19.day night that 11,274 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered.

Public Health: Delta variant is dominant strain of virus in Delaware

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing a rising number of cases.   The COVID-19 delta variant is now the predominant strain of the coronavirus in Delaware, The Division of Public Health said in a Friday press release.  Variants are mutations of the virus, including changes to the spikes on the surface of the virus. Some variants are more transmissible …

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Dover woman supports others diagnosed with breast cancer

Betsy Price Health

Purnima Dixit now helps other women who received the same devastating breast cancer diagnosis she did   Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 soon after moving to Dover from New York, Purnima Dixit contacted Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition soon after her treatment was determined to see what services they had available. Since that time, Dixit has worked with the Peer …

Gov. John Carney issued more changes to his emergency orders.

State officials blame Delta variant for rise in COVID-19 cases

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

The number of COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant jumped last week.   State officials blamed the Delta variant Tuesday night for increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in Delaware. During an online town hall meeting, the officials also talked about a new type of testing, whether a vaccine booster shot will be needed and COVID-19 regulations that will be …

State warns people not to forage in Sussex because of deadly hemlock

Terry Rogers Health

The stem of the poisonous hemlock plant, with purple spots     The Delaware Department of Agriculture has warned Sussex County residents that two species of poison hemlock have been discovered there. The spotted water hemlock, cicuta maculate, and another form of hemlock, conicum maculatum, were found in area wetlands. “Both hemlocks bloom from June through late August,” the Delaware …

Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) celebrates 30 years

Bryan Shupe Headlines, Health

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) began in 1991 as a small group of community volunteers, led by Maureen Lauterbach, who was committed to decreasing the mortality rate of breast cancer in Delaware. In 1997, DBCC became a 501c (3) non-profit organization to serve and empower our community by raising awareness of breast health issues through community outreach and …