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August 22, 2020
Gov. Carney Announces DE Relief Grants Program
$100 Million to Help Small Businesses and Nonprofits
The state of Delaware and New Castle County have launched a new program that will offer $100 million in relief grants to small businesses and nonprofits across the state who have been affected by COVID-19. 

The DE Relief Grants program will be funded by federal money appropriated through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and is expected to reach more than 3,000 small businesses and nonprofit organizations with grants ranging from $30,000 to $100,000.

The size of the relief grant will be based on the 2019 revenue of the small business or non-profit group:

* $0-$500,000: Up to $30,000
* $500,000-$1 million: Up to $50,000
* $1 million-$2.5 million: Up to $72,500
* $2.5+ million: Up to $100,000

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DPH Announces Latest COVID-19 Statistics
16,770 Total Confirmed Cases - 600 Total Deaths in Delaware
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware has a total of 600 fatalities due to COVID-19. Individuals who have died ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old.

Beginning today, those tested through one of the three Walgreens pilot testing sites in Middletown, Dover and Bridgeville will be able to receive results via email from Labware when an email address is provided. This enhanced service will reduce the time for those tested to receive their test results.

Participating Walgreens locations currently include:
  • New Castle County - Walgreens, 700 S. Ridge Ave., Middletown 
  • Kent County - Walgreens, 1215 S. State St., Dover 
  • Sussex County - Walgreens, 9202 Commercial Centre Drive, Bridgeville
The latest Delaware COVID-19 statistics include:
  • 16,770 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • New Castle County cases: 7,737
  • Kent County cases: 2,529
  • Sussex County cases: 6,235
  • Unknown: 269
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Hospitalized: 37; Critically ill: 10
Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health's My Healthy Community data portal. 

Should Pharmaceutical Reps Regain Access to Heath Care Facilities?  
Your Opinion is Needed
The Delaware Division of Public Health has received requests from pharmaceutical companies to allow representatives to enter health care facilities. There are still strict COVID-19 visitor restrictions in place for health care facilities. The Medical Society of Delaware is surveying members for feedback regarding pharmaceutical representative's access as "essential" personnel for patient care. Please take a few moments to give your feedback. Take survey
COVID-19 Testing Site List for Patients 
Online Sign Up Available
Not sure where to send your patients to get tested for COVID-19? The Division of Public Health maintains a regularly updated list of state COVID-19 testing sites across the state on their website. Tests are free to the public and now offer the option to receive notifications via text and/or email for faster results. View full testing list.
Election Season is Here - DELPAC Needs Your Support
Donate Online Today  
Delpac bannerSupporting the right candidates in state elections is one of the few tools we have to ensure that the practice of medicine is enhanced by State action, not inhibited by it. Delaware Medical Political Action Committee (DELPAC) makes contributions to the campaigns of state politicians who are pro-health care. 

With the 2020 election season in full swing in Delaware with important statewide races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Insurance Commissioner, several state Senate and House seats, as well as Delaware's U.S. Congressional seat. NOW is the time to educate candidates on the complexities and challenges facing physicians today and NOW is the time to support those candidates who are supportive of the practice of medicine. DELPAC needs your financial assistance. Give today. Your generous contributions make a real and meaningful difference! For more information contact Mark B. Thompson, MHSA, MSD Executive Director at Click here to donate
Health Hub Needs Your Feedback
Tell Us What YOU Need
Health Hub is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Medical Society of Delaware that specializes in providing Health Information Technology (HIT) through a carefully vetted suite of products and services to MSD's physician community.

Over the past few years the Health Hub Board has been working to look at technology vendors for potential contracting with Health Hub to assist our membership, initially for telemedicine, and more recently other technologies that would be of value for our members' practices.

We are interested in learning more about our MSD member physicians' interest in and current status of adoption of these technologies.  Please take this short survey and give us your feedback. Take survey.
Physicians Foundation Survey
Part Two of Three Surveys
The Physicians Foundation is a national, nonprofit advancing the work of practicing physicians to facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care to patients. Last month we asked you to take a short survey regarding COVID-19. Please consider taking this next survey in a series of three. Results of the surveys will be shared with policymakers, legislators, the public, the media, and you to ensure physicians' voices are heard. Take survey.
In the Spotlight
Medical Society of Delaware Insurance Services, INC (MSDIS)
MSDIS stacked The Medical Society of Delaware Insurance Service, Inc. (MSDIS), powered by USI Insurance, specializes in providing employee benefits, medical malpractice, personal, and business insurance to the health care community. Our team has been serving the practice of medicine for more than 25 years and is dedicated to providing coverage, education, advocacy, and advice that delivers quantified value. For more information contact Sharon Ruth at 302.293.1576 or Learn more.
Join Health Challenge Delaware
22 Day Challenge - Are You Ready?
For 22 days, starting October 6, 2020,  rethink your lifestyle and focus on optimal health with the 2nd Annual Health Challenge Delaware spearheaded by MSD member David P. Donohue, MD of Progressive Health of Delaware. Improve your nutrition, exercise and sleep, so your body can be at its best. Discover the benefits of a whole foods, plant based diet. Achieve the optimal nutrition and how to make the food delicious! Connect with a mentor, who will help you navigate the whole foods plant based diet. Click here to learn more and register. 
Welcome New MSD Members
Daniel J. Burke, Jr, MD - ChristianaCare, Family Medicine
Shawn W. Kennemuth, DO - ChristianaCare, Radiology Resident
Bryanne E. Robson, MD - Progressive Health of Delaware, Family Medicine
Emily E. Sauck, DO - ChristianaCare, Obstetrics & Gynecology Resident
Blake H. Shoemaker, DO - ChristianaCare, Internal Medicine Resident
MSD's Membership Department is pleased to announce the newest members 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
Pending Members
Patrick Eckert, MD
Chantel Imran, MD
Yushane Shi, MD
MSD members are afforded a seven day review period from the date of this publication to comment regarding an applicant applying for membership. Please contact Mary LaJudice at (302) 224-5183 or with any questions or concerns.
"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 August 21, 2020.

Johns Hopkins University
Total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United States as of August 21, 2020.

Johns Hopkins University
Approximate percentage increase in drug overdoses during the pandemic.

University of Baltimore's Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program