Minorities have only gotten 6 percent of the vaccine that has been given out.

State to ramp up vaccines for teachers, has given 253,535 doses of vaccine

Betsy Price Government & Politics, Headlines, Health

 

 

Delaware will expand its vaccination program to host large events for educators, school staff and child care workers, and to ship vaccine to poultry companies for their workers, the state announced Friday.

Those groups are in phase 1B of Delaware’s vaccination plan. The state has been in that phase, but focusing primarily on people ages 65 and older.

With tens of thousands of older people who have not yet been vaccinated, the state is switching tracks to focus on school personnel as part of President Joe Biden’s drive to provide at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to school workers by the end of March to help get students back into classrooms.

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Among other things COVID-19 related this week:

  • Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, said that new case numbers are low enough that long-term nursing facilities can allow visitors. Many had banned them since last March.
  • The state said 253,535 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered as of Friday.
  • Poultry producer Mountaire announced has been coordinating vaccines with Tidal Health in Seaford to get employees vaccinated in Maryland and Delaware.

  •  More than 15,840 people were vaccinated in the giant FEMA drive-thru at Dover Speedway.
  • New COVID-19 cases have dropped a bit, although Kattay characterized them Tuesday as plateauing. The seven-day average of percentage of people who tested positive was down to 19.2% and the total tests that were positive is 4.6%.
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    127 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19. down 29 from last week; 15 are in critical condition.

  • Delaware has had 87,874 positive cases and 1,453 deaths.

  • The Division of Public Health said Friday it had confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.351, commonly called the South African Variant.  Delaware now joins a list of 17 other states and jurisdictions reporting cases of that variant. It involved a New Castle County adult in his or her 50s who traveled outside of the country prior to testing positive.

  • Delaware public health officials hope it will be able to move in the phase 1c by April. That phase includes people younger than 65 who have underlying health issues.
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Vaccines

To help get as many school personnel vaccinated as possible, Delaware will hold invitation-only vaccination events March 13 and March 14 for educators, school staff and child care workers at Dover International Speedway. Invitations will go out the week of March 8.

In addition, educators, school staff and child care workers can sign up for vaccine appointments at Walgreens, which will stop giving vaccines to others for the moment. Those who want them should go to Walgreens.com. Several thousand appointments should be avialable starting March 8 as more vaccine arrives for school workers, a state press release said.

More than 5,500 educators and school staff, or roughly a third of those who expressed interest in vaccination, have been vaccinated by Albertson pharmacies. More than half of the 5,500 are fully vaccinated. More than 2,200 Delaware child care workers have also received at least their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Testing

New Castle County

  • Monday, March 8 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Frawley Stadium (801 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, March 9 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Wilmington University Rt. 13 (320 N. Dupont Highway, New Castle) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, March 9 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.: University of Delaware Hollingsworth Lot (61 North College Ave., Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Middletown High School (120 Silver Lake Road, Middletown) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: ChristianaCare Hospital, Portal 1 Parking Lot (4755 Ogletown Stanton Road, Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, March 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: St. Paul UAME Church, Wilmington (3114 N. Market St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, March 11 from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Friday, March 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: University of Delaware Laird Campus Lot #6 (David Hollowell Drive, Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, March 12 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Delaware Park (777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, March 12 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.: Thomas Edison Charter School (Indoor Walk Up – 2200 Locust St., Wilmington) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, March 12 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington) Register by calling 302-655-6187
  • Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: University of Delaware STAR Campus (540 S. College Ave., Newark) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Biblical Mission of Covenant Church of God (60 Fir Ave., Bear) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, March 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Henrietta Johnson Medical Center (601 New Castle Ave., Wilmington)  Register by calling 302-655-6187
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Kent County

  • Monday, March 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Clayton Fire Co. (300 East St., Clayton) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Tuesday, March 9 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: New Beginnings Community AME Church (216 Market St., Frederica) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Caesar Rodney High School (239 Old North Road, Camden) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, March 11 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: People’s Church of Dover (46 S. Bradford St., Dover) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, March 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Hartly Fire Co. (2898 Arthursville Road, Hartly) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Mt. Zion AME Church (101 N. Queen St., Dover) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
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Sussex

  • Monday, March 8 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Selbyville Fire Co. (30 N. Main St., Selbyville) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Monday, March 8 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Lord Baltimore Elementary School (120 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Delaware Tech – Georgetown Campus, Parking Lot A (21179 College Drive, Georgetown)
  • Wednesday, March 10 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Laurel Elementary School (815 South, N. Central Ave., Laurel) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Thursday, March 11 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Blades Fire Company (200 E. 5th St., Blades) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Friday, March 12 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Epworth UM Church (19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.: Rehoboth City Hall (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com
  • Saturday, March 13 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Agape Temple International Ministries (40 Schulze Road, Greenwood) Register: delaware.curativeinc.com

 

 

 

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