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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 …

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Kent County man first Delawarean with West Nile infection since 2018

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  For the first time since 2018, West Nile virus has been found a Delaware human.   A 69-year-old Kent County man has become the first Delawarean to be infected with the West Nile virus since 2018. The virus is transmitted through the bites of mosquitoes. The state is investigating the case to see if there is a travel history …

State urges unvaccinated to take shots to protect economy, schools

Daniel Larlham Jr. Education, Headlines, Health

  As the number of COVID-19 cases rise dramatically, Delaware officials on Thursday asked the unvaccinated to be immunized to protect themselves and others. Gov. John Carney said he is considering requiring state employees to be vaccinated and mulling options to implement mandatory face masks in schools. Carney and Rattay held a public briefing on COVID-19 in Delaware. The Delta …

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As Delta cases rise, Carney sets COVID-19 press conference Thursday

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

This Abbott Laboratories at-home COVID-19 test kit is available at Delaware libraries.   With COVID-19 cases once again shooting up thanks to the Delta variant, Gov. John Carney has set a COVID-19 briefing Thursday. He and Dr. Karyl Rattay, director of the Division of Public Health, will speak online at 11:30 a.m. See it here. Carney had canceled his weekly …

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State tells unvaccinated people to test weekly; testing kits now at libraries

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

This Abbott Laboratories at-home COVID-19 test kit is available at Delaware libraries. The state of Delaware is recommending that unvaccinated people get tested weekly for the COVID-19 virus. In a press release issued Tuesday, the state also said those who are not vaccinated should be tested five to seven days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 and that they …

The number of people in Delaware to have died from COVID-19 has topped 1,000.d has died from COVID-19.day night that 11,274 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered.

Public Health: Delta variant is dominant strain of virus in Delaware

Charles Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing a rising number of cases.   The COVID-19 delta variant is now the predominant strain of the coronavirus in Delaware, The Division of Public Health said in a Friday press release.  Variants are mutations of the virus, including changes to the spikes on the surface of the virus. Some variants are more transmissible …

Gov. John Carney issued more changes to his emergency orders.

State officials blame Delta variant for rise in COVID-19 cases

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

The number of COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant jumped last week.   State officials blamed the Delta variant Tuesday night for increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in Delaware. During an online town hall meeting, the officials also talked about a new type of testing, whether a vaccine booster shot will be needed and COVID-19 regulations that will be …

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

Delaware hits 70% vaccination mark before Fourth of July

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney and the state’s top public health officer on Thursday hailed Delaware hitting the federal goal of 70% of those eligible getting at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the Fourth of July. “That’s a big deal,” said Gov. John Carney in a press release. “It’s why we’re beating this virus and moving past this pandemic after …

Carney ends weekly press conferences about COVID-19

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

  In Gov. John Carney’s last weekly COVID-19 press briefing, state officials announced that the average life expectancy has gone down because of the virus and that pharmacies have been doing a larger part of vaccination over the last month.  Carney said last week that with a rising number of vaccinations and declining number of cases, and with his emergency …

Delaware is opening more slots for second vaccines at its FEMA event in DOVD

Carney unsure state can meet July vaccination goal; will end weekly COVID pressers

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

    Gov. John Carney said Tuesday that he’s optimistic but not sure the state can vaccinate enough Delawareans before the Fourth of July to do its part to meet President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70% of Americans with at least one dose of vaccine. But the number of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths are declining so steadily, Carney …