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Delaware to close Curative COVID-19 test sites

Staff Writer Headlines, Health

Delaware’s COVID-19 testing partner Curative Inc. will not renew its contract with the state when it expires in two weeks. Wednesday, Dec. 28 will be the last day for Curative test site collection.  Other Curative sites, such as the one located at the University of Delaware, have already closed. The last day for Curative testing at Delaware State Service Centers …

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3 new cases of monkeypox found in Delaware

Staff Writer Headlines, Health

A 42-year-old Kent County man and two New Castle County men, 19 and 24, have become the fourth, fifth and sixth Delawareans to test positive for monkeypox. The risk to the general public in Delaware remains low, the Division of Public Health said Thursday. None of the individuals reported recent travel. While at least one individual confirmed close intimate contact …

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GOP senators to state: Don’t follow Philly’s mask mandate

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines

Delaware’s seven Republican senators have asked the state’s top doctor not to reinstitute a statewide indoor mask mandate. The letter came after the City of Philadelphia last week announced its mandate would be coming back due to a rise in cases there.  Restaurants, museums, businesses, offices, government buildings and arenas in Philadelphia began requiring masks Monday morning.  Dr. Karryl Rattay, …

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State launches one-stop shop for COVID testing, treatment

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health on Thursday announced the launch of the COVID-19 test-to-treat program. The program is aimed at providing convenient testing and treatment options in one location. Test-to-treat locations are designed to be a “one-stop shop” for individuals seeking diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19 within five days of showing symptoms. How the program works: If you have …

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DPH will text you if you test positive for COVID-19

Charles Megginson Government, Headlines, Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health now plans to text you if you have COVID-19. The DPH Contact Tracing Team has launched a pre-call text messaging initiative to individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  It involves sending a text message to COVID-positive individuals and providing initial isolation guidance and recommendations through a secure web platform before they receive a call …

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Delaware sees 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases four days in a row

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

Delaware broke its all-time record for new daily cases of COVID-19. One day later, it broke the record again. Photo by Sam Johnson/Pixabay. The day after Delaware broke its all-time record for new daily cases of COVID-19, the record was broken again. On Christmas Eve, 1,587 Delawareans tested positive for the virus. The previous state record was 1,393 on Dec. …

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Digital vaccine cards now come with convenient QR code

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

Photo by Seb_ra/Getty Images. Individuals vaccinated in Delaware will now have access to a QR code when downloading their COVID-19 vaccination record. The digital COVID-19 vaccination card now includes the QR code and is available through the DelVAX Public Portal, a site where those who were vaccinated in Delaware can access their immunization records.  When the person accesses their COVID-19 …

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Kent woman diagnosed with West Nile; state’s third case this year

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delaware Division of Public Health has announced that an 87-year-old Kent County woman has become infected with West Nile virus. This marks the state’s third case of a Delawarean contracting the virus in 2021. The woman indicated no travel history that could have led to transmission, meaning she contracted the virus in Delaware. To protect the patient’s privacy, DPH is …