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State tells unvaccinated people to test weekly; testing kits now at libraries

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Most libraries have take-home testing kits that anyone can get, starting today. You do not need a library card to get one.   The state of Delaware is recommending that unvaccinated people get tested weekly for the COVID-19 virus. In a press release issued Tuesday, the state also said those who are not vaccinated should be tested five to seven …

New COVID-19 case numbers rise sharply as Delta variant dominates

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The number of new COVID-19 cases has risen from an average of about 20 on June 20 to about 90 on Thursday. The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a Friday press release that the Delta variant is driving the increase. The number of hospitalized has risen also, but not at such a steep pace. On June 25, …

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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, contracted …

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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 …

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 …

Delaware records no COVID-19 deaths in last 7 days

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  While Delaware’s percentage of new positive COVID-19 tests continues to drift up, vaccinations do, too. The Delaware Division of Public Health said Friday in a press release that the state is just 14 cases away from topping the 110,000 mark of COVID-19 cases reported tot he state. The seven-day average of new positive cases decreased to 24.1 as of …

One Delawarean diagnosed with Listeria, likely from ready-to-eat food

Betsy Price Health

Photo by Roger Brown of Pexels     A Delaware resident has been diagnosed with a case of Listeria, which is a serious food poisoning caused by bacteria. The Delaware Division of Public Health declined to give any details about the person or how they came in contact with the bacteria. But it did say the exposure is assumed to …

Delaware COVID-19 cases drift up a bit; vaccines up, too

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The state’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard for Wednesday.   Delaware’s COVID-19 numbers have crept up slightly in the last 10 days. Tuesday’s state dashboard said the state is now averaging 27 new cases per day over the last week with a testing rate of 1.5%. That’s up from an average daily case rate of 14.1 the week of June 19-25, …

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Rabid skunk caught in Newark; 2 being treated for exposure

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The state Public Health department is warning people in a certain section of Newark about a rabid skunk. Photo by Bryan Padron/Unsplash   Two people whose dog found and killed a rabid skunk in their backyard are being treated for possible exposure to rabies. The Delaware Division of Public Health is advising people who live or spend time in the …

Delaware expects to get Johnson & Johnson vaccine as early as March 5.

Delaware hits 70% vaccination mark before Fourth of July

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney and the state’s top public health officer on Thursday hailed Delaware hitting the federal goal of 70% of those eligible getting at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the Fourth of July. “That’s a big deal,” said Gov. John Carney in a press release. “It’s why we’re beating this virus and moving past this pandemic after …