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October 9, 2020
CARES Act Provider Relief Fund
New Phase of Provider Relief Fund Open for Applications
Providers are encouraged to apply through November 6th for the latest round of Provider Relief Fund (PRF) support. Applications will be considered regardless of whether your organization was previously eligible, applied, received, accepted, or rejected for prior PRF payments. For this newest phase, funding will be allocated to providers based on assessed financial losses and changes in operating expenses caused by COVID-19. An information webcast will be presented by the Health Resources & Services Administration on Thursday, October 15th at 3:00 p.m. To registerFor more information
DPH Announces Latest COVID-19 Statistics
Hospitalizations Increase by 25%
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware has a total of 651 fatalities due to COVID-19, an increase of nine from last Friday. In addition, 104 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, which represents a 25% increase since last Friday.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 statistics include:
21,827 total laboratory-confirmed cases

  • New Castle County cases: 11,399
  • Kent County cases: 3,190
  • Sussex County cases: 7,148
  • Unknown: 90
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Hospitalized: 104; Critically ill: 21

Update on COVID-19 Outbreaks in Long-term Care Facilities: DPH continues to investigate COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities throughout the state. Facilities where significant ongoing outbreaks are occurring, as of Oct. 8, 2020: 

  • Kentmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Wilmington; 53 residents and 37 staff members 
  • Cadia Healthcare Silverside in Wilmington; 44 residents and 27 staff members 
  • Country Rest Home in Greenwood; 28 residents and 15 staff members  

Aggregate K-12 School-Related COVID-19 Statistics: Delaware cumulative number of COVID-19 positive students and staff, statewide, who were in-person at a school or child care facility while potentially infectious, reported to DPH between Sept. 1, 2020, and Oct. 8, 2020: 

  • Child care – 15 students and 11 staff 
  • Private K-12 – 31 students and 12 staff
  • Public K-12 – 11 students and 43 staff

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. 

Download the free COVID Alert DE mobile app for Apple or Google. To date there are more than 41,000 Delawareans using this useful tool in the fight against COVID-19. For more information.
Hospital Price Transparency
New Requirements Display Cost of Care Designed to Help Consumers
Starting January 1, 2021, each hospital operating in the United States will be required to provide clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide in two ways:

  • As a comprehensive machine-readable file with all items and services.
  • In a display of shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format.

This information will make it easier for consumers to shop and compare prices across hospitals and estimate the cost of care before going to the hospital. Read more.
You are Invited to a Primary Care Virtual Forum
Delaware Center for Health Innovation
The Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) is holding an informative and productive dialogue with national and local leaders to forge a greater understanding of the impact of COVID-19, future implications, and the opportunities presented to foster more significant investment in strengthening primary care. Join them on Thursday, October 22nd from 5:30 - 7:45 p.m. Read more and register.
You Deserve More Out of Your Retirement
Let MSD Help You Maximize Your 401K Options
The Medical Society of Delaware, working with MassMutual, offers a comprehensive retirement plan solution for smaller businesses that offers simple implementation and administration at low cost to you. MSD enables you to offer a high-quality retirement benefit that relieves the administrative burden you may be facing if you’re managing a plan on your own. It can also minimize your fiduciary responsibilities. For more information contact Christopher Burgos at 302-366-0366 or Read more.
Tilton Award Dinner Honoring Garrett H.C. Colmorgen, MD
Last Chance for Tickets
The 2020 Tilton Award Dinner for medical achievement in Delaware will be held Friday, October 16th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Tilton Mansion, home to the University and Whist Club in Wilmington. This year's awardee is long-time MSD member and maternal-fetal medicine specialist Garrett H.C. Colmorgen, MD. Dr. Colmorgen is being honored for his years of dedicated service to the profession of medicine and tireless dedication in reducing the mortality rate for infants and mothers, as well as his outstanding commitment above and beyond to his patients - even the ones not born yet. Due to COVID-19, this year's event will be an intimate dinner with limited seating. To reserve your spot, contact Stacey Inglis at 302-658-5125.
University of Delaware Hosts Delaware Debates 2020
October 13 & October 14
The tradition of public debates at the University of Delaware continues next week when Delaware's candidates for Governor meet on Tuesday, October 13th, and for the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, October 14th. The biennial Delaware Debates is a joint initiative of UD's Center for Political Communication and Delaware Public Media (WDDE 91.1, WMPH 91.7, and WMHS 88.1). Both debates will be live-streamed without an in-person audience from a studio on the UD campus at 6:30 p.m. To watch the debates live, with no registration required, go to the night of the debate. Read more.
Welcome New Member
Annu Sharma, DO, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Middletown
MSD's Members Department is pleased to announce the newest member of the Medical Society of Delaware. Welcome to the third oldest medical society in the country!

If you know someone interested in joining the Medical Society of Delaware, please contact Michelle Seymour at 302-224-4905 or
"Rerum Cognoscere"
The Latin phrase Rerum Cognoscere translates to learn, examine, or become aware of facts or things. In this section we highlight measurable items of interest in health care from MSD, Delaware, the US, and the world.
Total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States as of October 9, 2020.

Johns Hopkins University
Total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United States as of October 9, 2020.

Johns Hopkins University
Estimated number of influenza illnesses the flu vaccine prevented in 2018-2019.

Upcoming Events
Oct. 10 - 2020 John Scholz Stroke Education Conference, 8:00 a.m. - noon, virtual event. 
Oct. 13-15 - 27th Annual E.G. Scott Microbiology, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., virtual event. 
Oct 15 - 2020 Delaware PrEP Summit, 7:45 a.m. - 12:10 p.m., virtual event.
Oct 22 - Redesigning Primary Care in a Post-COVID World, 5:30 - 7:45 p.m., virtual event.
Oct 28 - MSD Practice Management Session - Connect to Lead: Caring for Yourself and Others During the COVID-19, Noon - 1:00 p.m., virtual event.
Nov. 9 2020 Communicable Disease Health Summit, 8;20 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., virtual event.
Nov. 12 - SAVE THE DATE: MSD Practice Management Session: Malpractice Claims Landscape Post COVID-19, noon - 1:00 p.m., virtual event.
Dec. 17 - SAVE THE DATE: MSD Practice Management Session: Emotional Well-Being Over the Holidays, noon - 1:00 p.m., virtual event.
Nov 17 - 19 - SAVE THE DATE: Medical Society of Delaware's 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & Educational Program. 
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