COVID-19 UPDATE
5-15-2020
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 Updated Phase 1 Economic Reopening Guidance

Governor John Carney has released updated guidance for Phase 1 of Delaware’s rolling reopening. The reopening plan provides general and sector-specific guidance for Delawareans and Delaware businesses and will begin June 1st.

Businesses that will open during Phase 1 – including restaurant and retail establishments – generally must limit capacity to 30 percent of fire code occupancy, excluding staff. Employees who have been telecommuting should continue to do so wherever possible, and employers should close common areas where employees are likely to congregate. Read more.
DPH Announces 150 New Positive Cases / Eleven Additional Deaths

According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH)  150 new Delawareans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, taking the total number of lab-confirmed cases to  7,373, including  269 who are hospitalized,  54 of whom are critically ill.

Two hundred seventy-one individuals have died due to COVID-19 in Delaware with ages ranging from 21 to 103 years old.

The most recent deaths ranged in age from 57 to 96. Six were New Castle County residents, two were Kent County residents, and three were Sussex County residents. Three of the individuals had underlying health conditions and nine of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

Latest statistics on positive cases:

  • New Castle County cases: 2,619
  • Kent County cases: 1,146
  • Sussex County cases: 3,565
  • Unknown County: 43
  • Age range: 0 to 103

Long-term Care Statistics:  

There have been a total of 542 positive COVID-19 cases cumulatively involving long-term care residents, and 177 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.  
 
The locations and number of deaths related to long-term care facilities are: 

• Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center, Millsboro (10)   
• Brackenville Center, Genesis Healthcare, Hockessin (9)  
• Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Wilmington (16)  
• Cadia Broadmeadow, Middletown (6)  
• Delaware Psychiatric Center, New Castle (3)  
• Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill, Smyrna (7)  
• Governor Bacon Health Center, Delaware City (1)  
• Harbor Healthcare and Rehabilitation, Lewes (11)  
• Harrison House Senior Living, Georgetown (20)  
• Hillside Center, Wilmington (3)  
• Little Sisters of the Poor, Newark (11)  
• ManorCare Health Services, Wilmington (6) 
• ManorCare Health Services, Pike Creek (2)   
• Methodist Country House, Wilmington (3)  
• Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare, Milford (31)  
• New Castle Health and Rehabilitation Center, New Castle (7)  
• Newark Manor Nursing Home, Newark (3)  
• Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation, Wilmington (6)   
• Pinnacle Rehabilitation and Health Center, Smyrna (9)  
• Summit Assisted Living, Hockessin (2)  
• Westminster Village, Dover (5)  
• Five other New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death at each)
• One Sussex County long-term care facility (1 death at the facility) 

Governor Carney Press Briefing Addresses Possible Reopening of Churches

Governor Carney along with Karyl Rattay, MD, Director of the Division of Public Health, and AJ Schall, Director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, gave a COVID-19 briefing today that explained the latest steps being taken in Delaware to combat COVID-19 and begin the safe reopening of the economy. The Governor expects to unveil a plan on Monday that could allow churches and other places of worship to welcome parishioners back for services.  Watch press briefing.
CDC Issues Health Alert for Emerging Pediatric COVID-19 Related Syndrome

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a Health Alert that provides background information on several cases of a recently reported multi-system inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. The CDC is asking health care providers to report any patient who meets the case definition to local, state, and territorial health departments to enhance knowledge of risk factors, pathogenesis, clinical course, and treatment of this syndrome. Read more.
DSAMH Launches "Hope Line"

The Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) has launched a phone line dedicated to helping Delawareans cope with stress and address behavioral health needs during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Delaware Hope Line – 1 (833) 9-HOPEDE or 833-946-7333 – is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect callers to a variety of resources and information, including support from clinicians and peer specialists, plus crisis assistance. The Hope Line, which is free, provides a single point of contact for individuals to tap into DSAMH’s range of services and resources. Read more.
Last Chance To Submit Your Vote for
Delaware Today's "Top Doctor"

Who are the best physicians in Delaware? Which doctors would you recommend to a loved one? Delaware Today magazine wants your votes for Delaware Today's "Top Doctors 2020" issue. Nominate your colleagues in this unique peer survey. All voting physicians must be licensed in Delaware and all nominees must practice in Delaware. The ballot closes Sunday, May 17th. For questions please email Melissa Jacobs at mjacobs@todaymediainc.com. Cast your vote.
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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