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EPA PUBLIC NOTICE: Halby Chemical Co. Superfund review

Staff Writer Headlines, Health

  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reviewing the cleanup that was conducted at the Halby Chemical Co. Superfund Site located in New Castle County, Delaware. EPA conducts Five-Year Reviews to ensure that cleanups continue to protect public health and the environment. EPA conducted the previous Five-Year Review in 2017 and concluded that the remedy was working as designed …

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2 companies to join Highmark in offering marketplace plans

Betsy Price Health, Headlines

  For the first time since 2017, Delawareans this year will have more than one company’s plans to choose from in the Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace. AmeriHealth Caritas and Aetna CVS Health will offer plans along with Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, which has been going it alone. That will mean an additional 35 plans offered through the marketplace,  …

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COVID-19 vaccines for kids 6 months to 5 years ready in Del.

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Delaware’s pre-ordered COVID-19 vaccines for ages 6 months through 5 years old were expected to start arriving Monday, June 20. They will go to medical providers who pre-ordered them, but not all did. Parents of those children should be able to have the kids vaccinated starting Tuesday, the Division of Public Health announced, after the drugs were approved for emergency …

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Carney calls up National Guard to staff state home for disabled

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  Gov. John Carney on Sunday issued an executive order asking members of the Delaware National Guard who are healthcare workers, to staff the Stockley Center in Georgetown. The center, which houses the disabled, is facing staff shortages due to a recent increase in COVID-19 community levels and industry-wide staffing shortages. The 50-bed Medicaid-certified Intermediate Care Facility serves people with …

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With COVID cases rising, Public Health recommends masking indoors

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The number of daily COVID-19 cases has risen in the last month from 157 per day to 547, the Delaware Division of Public Health reported this weekend. Those cases are the ones they know about. Many people are testing positive at home and not reporting it. While the number of cases are rising, the number of hospitalizations and deaths …

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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

Charles 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 …