COVID-19 UPDATE
5-18-2020
I n an effort to keep Delaware's medical community current on the latest information regarding the coronavirus crisis, the Medical Society of Delaware is sharing the following:
Governor Carney Releases Plan to Reopen Houses of Worship

Governor John Carney has issued updated guidance for churches and other houses of worship in Delaware. The guidance – created in coordination with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships – encourages virtual services but expands the ability for churches and other houses of worship to conduct in-person services with restrictions.

Gatherings must be limited to 30 percent of stated fire code occupancy. Strict social distancing must be maintained. Anyone 13-years-old or older must wear a face covering. Read more.
Governor and Secretary of Education Design Strategy for Reopening Schools

Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting have announced a public strategy to plan for the safe reopening of Delaware school buildings. Three COVID-19 School Reopening Working Groups will advise the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), Delaware school districts and charter schools on ways to safely and effectively reopen Delaware school buildings. Read more.
DPH Announces 199 New Positive Cases / Seven Additional Deaths

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH)  199 new Delawareans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, taking the total number of lab-confirmed cases to  7,869, including  240 who are hospitalized,  39 of whom are critically ill.

Two hundred ninety-seven individuals have died due to COVID-19 in Delaware with ages ranging from 21 to 103 years old. A total of 130 individuals were from New Castle County, 52 were from Kent County, 114 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is unknown at this time.

The most recent deaths ranged in age from 60 to 89. Six were New Castle County residents, and one was a Sussex County resident. Six of the individuals had underlying health conditions and three of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

Latest statistics on positive cases:

  • New Castle County cases: 2,738
  • Kent County cases: 1,219
  • Sussex County cases: 3,861
  • Unknown County: 51
  • Age range: 0 to 103:

DPH / Physician Conference Call TOMORROW

The next Division of Public Health (DPH) conference call for physicians and practice managers will be tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th at 6:00 p.m. This call is to help answer new questions about COVID-19. If you have a question, please submit it before noon tomorrow. To participate dial 866-506-5180.
Delaware Health Advisory Issued for
COVID-19-Related Illness in Children

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has issued a health advisory to ensure providers are aware of the reported Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) potentially associated with COVID-19, and to provide guidance on reporting of cases to DPH and testing of patients who present with this disease.  Read more.
COVID-19 Screening Script for Medical Offices Preparing to Reopen

With many states allowing medical practices to begin to reopen, the American Medical Association (AMA) has released helpful guidance on questions physicians should ask their patients before bringing them in to the office.

  • Have you or anyone in your household had any of the following symptoms in the last 21 days: sore throat, cough, chills, body aches for unknown reasons, shortness of breath for unknown reasons, loss of smell, loss of taste, fever at or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
  • Have you or anyone in your household been tested for COVID-19?
  • Have you or anyone in your household visited or received treatment in a hospital, nursing home, long-term care, or other health care facility in the past 30 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household traveled in the U.S. in the past 21 days?
  • Have you or anyone in your household traveled on a cruise ship in the last 21 days?
  • Are you or anyone in your household a health care provider or emergency responder?
  • Have you or anyone in your household cared for an individual who is in quarantine or is a presumptive positive or has tested positive for COVID-19?
  • Do you have any reason to believe you or anyone in your household has been exposed to or acquired COVID-19?
  • To the best of your knowledge have you been in close proximity to any individual who tested positive for COVID-19?

Dover / Middletown COVID-19 Testing Events

The State of Delaware will be holding two drive-thru COVID-19 testing events this week. These tests are free. Please share with your patients as applicable.

Thursday May 21, 2020
Middletown High School
120 Silver Lake Rd, Middletown, DE 19709
Hours: 10am-2pm

Sunday May 24, 2020
Dover DMV
303 Transportation Cir, Dover, DE 19901
Hours: 10am-2pm

Pre-registration is encouraged at delaware.curativeinc.com. Limited on-site registration will be available.
My Healthy Community Portal Provides a Close Look at COVID-19 Data

Last year the Division of Public Health (DPH) launched a data portal allowing Delawareans to assess the overall health of their communities. The My Healthy Community data portal delivers neighborhood-focused population health, environmental and social determinants of health data to the public. The innovative technological showpiece allows users to navigate the data at the smallest geographical area available, and to understand and explore data about the factors that influence health. Please take a moment and investigate the latest information that includes the latest COVID-19 data and facts for Delaware families and communities. Go to My Healthy Community portal.
For more information and resources regarding COVID-19, MSD has created a coronavirus resource page on our website.  View resource page  
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