Medical aid in dying bill narrowly advances to House floor

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

A bill to allow mentally competent adult patients with terminal illnesses to request a prescription for life-ending medications was narrowly released from the House Health and Human Development Committee Tuesday.  The practice is often referred to by supporters as “right to die” or “death with dignity” and by opponents as “physician-assisted suicide.”  “Medical aid in dying” is a neutral term …

Cannabis edibles to debut in Delaware in weeks

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines, Health

The First State Compassion cannabis kitchen team at the company’s new facility in Wilmington. A Delaware-based medical marijuana company that has opened a state-of-the-art cannabis edible kitchen in Wilmington expects to bring a new line of THC-infused consumables to market in the coming weeks.  First State Compassion was Delaware’s first licensed medical marijuana distribution center and operates the state’s largest …

New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations seem to plateau in Delaware

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  New COVID-19 cases in Delaware seem to have plateaued and maybe even dropped a bit, Gov. John Carney said during a Tuesday press conference. In recent weeks, new cases often were in the upper 2,000s or into the 3,000s. As of Monday, the state was seeing 2,514.9 new cases per day over a seven-day average, a drop from most …

Increasing numbers of vaccinated Delawareans are getting COVID, state stats show

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The numbers of people who are fully vaccinated and still contract COVID-19 and who end up in the hospital have both been rising in Delaware. Last week, about half of new cases were people who were fully vaccinated, and about 40% of new hospitalizations were people who had been vaccinated. On Friday in its weekly COVID-19 wrap up report, the …

State, FEMA to open COVID testing drive-thru in Delaware City

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

This was a mass vaccination event at the Delaware City DMV last year; starting Monday, FEMA will be doing mass testing events there on evenings and weekends for three weeks.   Update: The week’s COVID-19 wrap-up numbers have been added to this article. A drive-thru COVID-19 testing site will open Monday at the Delaware City Division of Motor Vehicles complex …

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Seaford mayor pushes back against AG’s fetal remains lawsuit

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

Seaford Mayor David Genshaw says the ordinance has nothing to do with a woman’s right to get an abortion. Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings on Tuesday filed suit against the City of Seaford in the state’s Court of Chancery over an ordinance relating to the manner by which abortion clinics must dispose of fetal remains.  Now, Seaford’s mayor and city …

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DBCC hosts 24th Annual Breast Cancer Update

Terry Rogers Health

by Terry Rogers   DBCC will hold their 24th Annual Breast Cancer Update on February 23 in a virtual format Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) will hold their 24th Annual Breast Cancer Update “BREAKING THE CODE:  Advances in Vaccines and Treatments for Breast Cancer” in a virtual setting on Wednesday, February 23 from 7:30 AM until 1:00 PM. The conference …

Hospitalizations skyrocket to 692 as COVID-19 surge continues

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  Delaware continues to set COVID-19 records, this week in hospitalizations with 692 people admitted. The state has been routinely beating the daily hospitalizations record since late December when numbers started rising above the Jan. 12, 2021, record of 474. On Dec. 31, the state hit a record number of 3,554 positive cases per day. The surge of cases is …

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

State OKs vaccine boosters for ages 12 to 15

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The Delaware Division of Public Health on Thursday said that those aged 12 to 15 may be given booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, as long as their original shots were with Pfizer and were at least five months ago. The state’s move follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control’s approval this week  to …

Some patients being transferred to nursing homes will be COVID-positive

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

On average, one out of every four Delawareans who tests for COVID-19 is testing positive, Gov. John Carney said during his weekly briefing Tuesday afternoon.  That is, in part, a result of increased testing in the state — although Carney also blamed the surge on holiday gatherings and the highly contagious omicron variant.  Approximately half of the state’s cases are …