COVID cases, hospitalizations rise; no Omicron yet detected

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    Fears of a COVID-19 winter surge in Delaware seem to be validated by quickly escalating numbers of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths in recent weeks. Vaccinations, while rising, are not keeping pace with the number of cases, hospitalizations and death, which are largely among partially or unvaccinated. The good news: The state has not yet found any cases …

Carney extends school mask mandate through Feb. 8

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines

State mask regulations will remain in place at Delaware schools through Feb. 8.   Faculty, staff, students and visitors in Delaware’s K-12 public and private schools will be required to wear masks inside school buildings until at least Feb. 8, 2022.  Gov. John Carney announced Wednesday that he will extend the emergency mandate in order to keep children protected against …

Number of COVID-19 cases continue to fall in Delaware

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    The average daily number of new cases of COVID-19 in Delaware dropped by 50 in the last week, continuing a general decline in related numbers, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. The number of those fully vaccinated, now at 528,767, continues to creep up. As of Thursday, Delaware has had 141,717 cases of the virus. The …

Most COVID-19 numbers continue to fall

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The number of new COVID-19 cases in Delaware dropped by more than 10% in the last week. Even so, 24 new deaths were recorded, including seven from a review of vital statistic records, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Delaware has seen 139,380 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday night. New cases were down to 391.6 cases from …

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State to replace Smyrna Hospital for Critically Ill

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware Hospital of the Chronically Ill, from Google Maps Street View   Delaware will spend $50 million to replace the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna with a state-of-the-art 72,000 square foot facility. The project, which will be funded through federal COVID relief funds, will create 250 to 300 construction jobs. The hospital’s main building originally opened in …

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Want to drive Monster Mile? Get a vaccine there Oct. 16-17

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Photo from Dover International Speedway   If you’ve ever dreamed of driving around the Monster Mile, the Delaware Division of Public Health wants to make your dream come true.  The only catch? You’ll have to get vaccinated. The ‘Race to End Covid’ vaccination drive is DPH’s latest scheme to convince vaccine-hesitant Delawareans to get the jab.  Individuals who pre-register to …

Fewer masks = more colds. Be tested to be sure what you have

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

  Health officials say anyone with an upper respiratory infection should be tested to see whether it’s COVID-19. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels   “Frat flu” and “freshman flu” are two terms making a comeback on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. Those descriptions for a simple cold or flu are being bandied about again after taking a hiatus last …

Delaware COVID cases, hospitalizations level off in last week

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Delaware has leveled off in the last week. The seven-day average of new positive cases dropped to 452.7 as of Thursday night, down 14 from last week, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. The number of hospitalizations remained at 225, the same as last week. Of those, 35 are …

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations drop a bit during last week

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The number of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations dropped slightly in the last week as the CDC said 78% of those eligible for vaccines have had at least one shot and the state authorized boosters for a wide group of people. The state has had 130,444 cases of COVID-19 as of Friday morning. The seven-day average of new positive …

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Mistakes logging vaccine shots may mean Delaware underreported numbers

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

The interface for the DelVAX Public Portal.   One in three people who try to use the state’s DelVAX system to find proof of COVID-19 vaccination either can’t find any records or find records are incomplete. There are enough people who discover missing shots in the system the First State uses to track immunizations that Delaware may not be reporting …