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Del. announces first 2 cases of flu and encourages vaccines

Ken Mammarella Headlines, Health

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels Delaware today announced the season’s first confirmed cases of influenza: a Kent County child under age 5, infected with influenza strain B, who was hospitalized, and a 26-year-old Sussex County woman, with influenza strain A, who was not hospitalized. Neither individual had received the flu vaccine, Delaware Division of Public Health pointed out. The division used the …

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 …

Booster shots OK’d for all vaccine brands, and they can be mixed

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health on Friday said that vaccine provided can begin giving booster shots for all three brands of vaccines, and that the brands can be mixed. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week said OK to booster shots for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine received the authorization last month. Following the FDA recommendations, …

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

Delaware will hold its 21st Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. (Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko on Unsplash) Delawareans looking to discard expired or unused medications can drop them off at locations around the state thanks to a collaboration between the Delaware Division of Public Health and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration. Dropoff locations will accept medications Saturday, Oct. 23 between …

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 …

Delaware sees more reports of rabid animals because state is testing more

Betsy Price Government, Headlines, Health

  Another Delaware skunk was diagnosed with rabies Friday. Photo by Bryan Padron. When the state announced Friday that it had diagnosed another wild animal with rabies, it may have felt like déjà vu. The Delaware Division of Public Health already this spring and summer had announced that it had found rabies in two cats, a skunk, a deer and …

New Delaware COVID-19 cases levels off; other stats rise

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

      The number of new COVID-19 cases in Delaware remain steady, but deaths rose dramatically last week, partly because of a review of records. The seven-day average of new positive cases dropped to 450.9 as of Thursday afternoon, down two from last week, as the percentage of total positive tests rose slightly, according to the weekly wrap-up from …

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

Charles 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 …

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Highmark rebates 5.1% of health insurance premiums

Ken Mammarella Business, Headlines, Health

  (Delaware Live photo) The check from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is really in the mail. And it’s for a lot of money. Highmark is rebating $12.1 million to individual Delawareans and those who buy small-group insurance, according to Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro. The 20,857 individuals will split more than $8.4 million, with an average rebate of …