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September 11, 2020
Remembering 9/11
Lives Lost But Not Forgotten 
Nineteen years ago today, 2,977 people were murdered during the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Americans were changed forever that day. On this anniversary, we honor all the precious lives that were taken, all the families that were forever changed, and all those who stopped everything and worked tirelessly to help. God bless America. 
Is Your Practice Interested in Offering the COVID 19 Vaccination?
DPH Would Like to Know
The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is making preparations for the distributing the anticipated Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) vaccine. DPH is working to identify health care professionals willing and able to become COVID-19 vaccinators via a short survey. This survey will assess the medical offices' capacity to store and handle the COVID-19 vaccines, as well as the number of staff and patients in the practice who may need to be vaccinated. Read moreTake survey.
AstraZeneca Starts Safety Review of Trial
Suspended Coronavirus Vaccine Trial Under Scrutiny
Pharmaceutical company, AstraZeneca, has started a safety review following the suspension of a late-stage trial of its coronavirus vaccine candidate due to a participant falling ill. An independent board of experts will conduct the safety review and will aim to determine if the participant's condition was a reaction to the vaccine candidate or merely coincidental. The board's findings are expected to heavily influence whether and when trials might resume. Read more
DPH Announces Latest COVID-19 Statistics
18,466 Total Confirmed Cases - 613 Total Deaths in Delaware
According to the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), Delaware has a total of 613 fatalities due to COVID-19. Individuals who have died ranged in age from 21 to 104 years old.

Sixty-six individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, fourteen are critically ill.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 statistics include:
  • 18,466 total laboratory-confirmed cases
  • New Castle County cases: 8,805
  • Kent County cases: 2,744
  • Sussex County cases: 6,456
  • Unknown: 461
  • Age range: 0 to 104
  • Hospitalized: 66; Critically ill: 14
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. 
Delaware COVID-19 Data Quality Audit
Your Feedback Will Help Increase Accuracy of Data Collection
Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuiness recently announced the creation of a national COVID-19 Data Quality Audit template developed as part of a multistate effort to review state COVID-19 data reporting and monitoring. MSD members have been asked to participate in a survey prepared by the State Auditor's office. This survey will help Delaware to increase the accuracy of data collection. Additionally, responses will help the state more effectively apply analytical techniques in order to improve the understanding of the pandemic's progression and help to better guide public health actions. Take survey
National Physician Suicide Awareness Day
September 17, 2020
Next Thursday, September 17, 2020 marks the 3rd annual National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. The event is committed to honoring the memory of physicians who have died by suicide and to continue to raise awareness and discussion on how to prevent it.  While estimates of the actual number of physician suicides vary, literature has shown that the relative risk for suicide is 2.27 times greater among women and 1.41 times higher among men versus the general population. This year's theme is One of Us and is meant to remind us that suicide can affect our friends, our colleagues, and our neighbors. Read more
Dealmed Offers In Office SARS-COV-2 Test
Rapid Results for a Rapid Response
Technology company Becton Dickinson (BD) has developed a rapid, point of care antigen test to detect the presence of SARS-Cov-2 through their easy to use, portable Veritor Plus System. It is a CLIA waived, FDA EUA approved test that can be performed in any health care setting. The system will give an objective, positive or negative result in 15 minutes, enabling real time results and course of action. Dealmed Medical Supplies is an MSD Affinity partner, making available medical supplies to include PPE and the new in-office SARS-CoV-2 test at discounted pricing to members. Please contact Sonja Baggett, Dealmed Medical Consultant at at or 302-766-2124. Read more
New Phone Scam Targeting Physicians
Use Caution When Solicited 
MSD received word of a recent reported phone scam targeting a physician. The caller identifies himself as a representative from the Delaware State Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and attempts to solicit a donation for a lifetime membership, advising that you will receive a medallion that can be presented to a police officer should you ever get pulled over. The caller also may list names of other Delaware physicians who have made large donations. Telephone scams can be reported to the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-382-457.
Census Deadline Approaching
Delaware Ranks 14th Worst State in Responses
September 30th is the last day Americans can complete the 2020 census, a month earlier than the originally scheduled date of October 31st. It is vitally important that all Delaware residents complete the census, as results shape the future of communities and inform how billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed for health clinics, schools, roads, disaster recovery initiatives, and other critical programs and services for the next 10 years. Delaware stands to lose a great deal of funding if residents do not complete the census. To date only 63% of Delawareans have completed their form. If you have not completed yours, click here to take census.
Welcome New Member
Ralph J. DeFriece, MD - Family Medicine, Beebe Walk-In Care, Lewes
MSD's Membership 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
Pending Members
David Y. Lee, MD
Kristie A. Zangari, DO
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 September 11, 2020.

Johns Hopkins University
Total number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the United States as of September 11, 2020.

Johns Hopkins University
Approximate percentage increase in hotline calls to the National Eating Disorders Association during COVID-19.

National Eating Disorder Association