Delaware will close its COVID-19 call centers Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Public Health to close COVID-19 call centers Tuesday

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

In another sign that COVID-19 is becoming a part of ordinary life, the Delaware Division of Public Health will close its COVID-19 call center and vaccine call center Tuesday because the number of calls has dwindled. It’s one more indication that the state and the federal government are starting to consider how to handle the ebbing of the pandemic as …

COVD-19

Winter 2023 COVID-19 surge far lower than 2022

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The number of post-holiday COVID-19 cases is dramatically down this year than it was last January, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. This time last year, the state saw 3,666 new cases reported on Jan. 6 with 759 hospitalizations on Jan. 12. This year, there were 266 new cases reported on Jan. 6, with 202 hospitalizations (24 critical) …

flu virus

Delaware flu cases plateau, but will holidays trigger rise?

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The week after the state announced the first flu death of the season, the number of confirmed flu cases dropped for two weeks in a row, leading to hopes that infections may have plateaued. The drop to 1,014 cases for the week ending Dec. 17, follows a small decline from 1,125 cases the previous week and 1,154 cases the week …

Red Clay had six schools identified for having dangerous levels of lead in their water supply. (Unsplash)

Red Clay to independently test for lead in school water

Jarek Rutz Headlines, Education

A Red Clay Consolidated School District committee will hire an independent group to test for lead in water at district schools. The Lead in Water Action Committee will work with Batta, an environmental lab company that conducts tests for lead in water. “At this time we are working with our community experts, our facilities and maintenance department, and Batta to …

RSV virus

COVID, flu, RSV case rise could mean holiday tripledemic

Betsy Price Health, Headlines

  As the number of cases of three winter respiratory viruses rise sharply in Delaware, state officials on Monday asked residents to take action to protect themselves and their families. Gov. John Carney compared the increasing numbers of COVID to rises at this time in 2020 and 2021, leading into the holidays. State health officials would like to avoid a …

National Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Dump old, unused meds during Saturday’s Take Back Day

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Twenty-two Delaware sites will take expired or unused medications on Saturday, Oct. 29, as part of the National Drug Enforcement Administration Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Delaware locations will be open between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and include many police stations around the First State. To find a site near you, go here. The medications to be disposed …

Delaware tripledemic

State confirms first flu case for 2022-23 season

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  Note: A previous version of this story said a child also had the flu, but the Division of Public Health announced Wednesday afternoon that was a mistake.  A Kent County woman diagnosed with flu has launched Delaware into the 2022-23 flu season, setting off the annual call for people to be vaccinated. The 32-year-old Kent County woman diagnosed with …

Monkeypox

State partners up to vaccinate even more for monkeypox

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

The state will expand access to monkeypox vaccine Monday, Aug. 22, and focus on reaching those who are most likely to contract the virus. The average person is not. The Delaware Division of Public Health on Monday will offer vaccines through state health clinics, Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, AIDS Delaware, the HIV Consortium in Wilmington and Camp Rehoboth in Rehoboth …

Monkeypox

2 new cases of monkeypox found in Delaware

Staff Writer Headlines, Health

    A 46-year-old Sussex County man and a 25-year-old Kent County man have become the second and third person in Delaware to be diagnosed with monkeypox. Even so, the state Division of Public Health said the risk to the public remains low. It has, however, started a hotline for people who think they may have been exposed or have …