August 3, 2021
DelDOT Traffic Alert: Gum Road to close overnight TONIGHT (August 3rd) for High Friction Surface Treatment
Traffic Information: The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces to motorists that High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) will be applied on Gum Road between Roxanna Road and Shockley Town Road overnight TONIGHT.

As a result, Gum Road will be closed from 7 p.m. TONIGHT (August 3rd) to 5 a.m. TOMORROW (August 4th).

High Friction Surface Treatment (HFST) is designed to give vehicles better traction navigating curves during wet conditions.
  
Detour signage is posted for motorists. Residents will have access to their homes but may need to take the posted detour route.
News from DOI - CONSUMER ALERT: Philips CPAP, BiPAP, mechanical ventilators recalled
DOVER, DE (July 29, 2021) – Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro has released a consumer alert for users of respiratory devices manufactured by Philips. An estimated 4 million Philips Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP or BiLevel PAP) devices, as well as mechanical ventilators manufactured before April 26, 2021, are being recalled due to potential health risks associated with the sound abatement foam in the devices that may degrade and be inhaled, and could contain cancer-causing chemicals.
 
The Delaware Department of Insurance is issuing this notice after the company’s recall notification and lack of communication to consumers and facilities have caused concern, particularly due to the necessity of devices in the treatment of chronic conditions, as well as with facility-based usage. Recalled devices include those listed as providing respiratory treatment or support for COVID-19 patients.
 
While the recall notice urges immediate discontinuation of device use if possible, some individuals require the use of CPAP, BiPAP, and ventilator devices and may face serious medical issues, including the possibility of death, if they do not have access to a machine. Residents using these medically necessary devices should contact their physician to discuss the best path forward for their individual needs and register in the Philips recall system online or call 1-877-907-7508 to begin a claim for replacement or financial restitution. Users should not make any changes to their equipment or treatment plan without discussing with a physician. Doctors are encouraged to proactively communicate with their patients, and facilities should check all machines.
 
At this time, the company has not provided a replacement or repair timeline after issuing notice in June that the sound abatement foam in these devices may degrade, be ingested, and create additional respiratory problems, and could be releasing carcinogenic or otherwise hazardous chemicals into the air pathway. The Department of Insurance encourages insurers to assist policyholders in any way possible during this situation.
The Town of Ocean View is recognized for having an outstanding Comprehensive Plan
Congratulations to the Town of Ocean View on being recognized for having an outstanding Comprehensive Plan.

According to the Coastal Point newspaper, "(t)he American Planning Association has awarded the Town of Ocean View the Small Town & Rural Planning Division award for its Comprehensive Plan."

The article further stated, "The award is presented to an outstanding Comprehensive Plan or special project plan that 'addressed the development of a neighborhood, community, county or region.'"

According to the Coastal Point report, "”The American Planning Association’s awards committee judged submissions based on innovation, quality, measurable results and implementation, role of elected officials, transferability, collaboration and public involvement."

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To contact Ron: Ronald.Gray@delaware.gov