COVID-19 UPDATE
12-10-2020
In an effort to keep our members current on the latest information regarding the coronavirus crisis, the Medical Society of Delaware is sharing the following:
Governor Carney Adds New COVID-19 Restrictions on Businesses

Governor John Carney has signed the fourth revision to the omnibus emergency order, announcing additional restrictions to include: 
 
  • Businesses above 100,000 square feet are limited to 20 percent of stated fire capacity. 
  • All other businesses, including most retail stores and all restaurants, are limited to 30 percent of stated fire capacity. 
  • Retail below 5,000 square feet, all Houses of Worship, and funeral services are limited to 40 percent of stated fire capacity. 
  • A 10 p.m. curfew will be imposed at Delaware restaurants and bars.
  • Exercise classes at gyms are limited to 10 people and exercise machines must be spaced 10 feet apart
  • Indoor gatherings at businesses or indoor spaces open to the public must be limited to the lesser of 30 percent of the venue’s stated fire capacity, or 10 people.
 
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Gets Advisory Panel Blessing

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine passed a critical milestone tonight when a panel of experts formally recommended that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorize the vaccine. The FDA’s vaccine advisory panel, composed of independent scientific experts, infectious disease doctors and statisticians, voted 17 to 4, with one member abstaining, in favor of emergency authorization for people 16 and older. With rare exceptions, the FDA follows the advice of its advisory panels. Read more.
How to Become a COVID-19 Vaccinator

To successfully enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Program, each facility must complete all required agreements and verification forms. Facilities must meet program standards for vaccine storage and handling, and review and be familiar with training requirements specific to handling and administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

You must agree to report COVID-19 vaccine administration and inventory daily, 7 days a week, to the State IIS (DelVAX), plus an additional database designated by CDC according to CDC documentation and data requirements (i.e. VaccineFinder). Training opportunities will be provided for DelVAX inventory and ordering.

Information Regarding How to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

MSD has been fielding lots of questions from members about how they can get vaccinated once the COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Delaware. The details of where and how health care providers and others who are in Phase 1a can get their vaccination are still being worked out. The Medical Society of Delaware is working closely with the Division of Public Health and will communicate as soon as information becomes available.
State Ethics Advisory Group Approves Vaccine Distribution Plan

Delaware’s Ethics Advisory Group approved the Division of Public Health’s (DPH) Phase 1A recommendations regarding which specific groups should receive the vaccine as part of the first phase of distribution. Phase 1A include residents of long-term care facilities and high-risk workers with routine exposure to infected individuals or materials in health or patient care settings. This includes the following:
 
•          Hospital staff
•          Emergency Medical Service providers who have direct patient contact
•          Public Health staff who have direct patient contact
•          Health care providers in outpatient settings
•          Pharmacy staff
•          Staff of long-term care facilities
 
DPH and the Ethics Advisory Group will continue to monitor recommendations from the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for further recommendations regarding subsequent phases. 

Read Vaccine Playbook - updated 12-9-2020
COVID-19 Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit Available

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced it has received an ultra-cold storage unit that will be used to safely store the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, which requires controlled storage at an ultra-cold temperature of -70 degrees Celsius (-94 degrees Fahrenheit). This unit will allow storage of the vaccine without the need for dry ice exchange, giving additional flexibility for vaccine distribution within the state.
 
Vaccine providers can reference the CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit that has been updated with a COVID-19 Vaccine Addendum. The addendum provides information, recommendations, and resources to assist COVID-19 vaccination providers in properly storing and handling COVID-19 vaccines: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/admin/storage/toolkit/index.html
Latest Delaware COVID-19 Statistics Coronavirus Data Dashboard

The latest Delaware COVID-19 statistics for 12-9-2020 include:

  • 43,036 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • New cases: 645
  • New deaths: 3
  • Total deaths: 806
  • New Castle County cases: 24,705
  • Kent County cases: 6,536
  • Sussex County cases: 11,702
  • Unknown: 93
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Hospitalized: 349; Critically ill: 44

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, and information on Delaware's contact tracing efforts can be found on the Division of Public Health's My Healthy Community data portal. 
Are You Fluent in Haitian-Creole?

Thank you to MSD members Angela M. Saldarriaga, MD and Fabricio J. Alarcon, MD who answered our call to produce short videos in their native Spanish to share with Delaware's Spanish speaking community regarding the importance of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) in partnership with the Medical Society of Delaware is now looking for physicians who are fluent in Haitian-Creole and would be willing to make a short video explaining the safety and value of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are willing and able, please contact Mary Fenimore at Mary.Fenimore@medsocdel.org or 302-521-7650.

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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