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April 29

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers through Wednesday, April 29

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 80 new positive cases have been confirmed and that 7 more Delawareans — 144 in all — have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The deceased range in age from 32 to 103 years old.

As of Tuesday, April 28, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 4,655 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 1,717 of them in New Castle County, 743 in Kent County and 2,169 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 16,883 negative cases.

There are 326 Delawareans who are currently hospitalized with 60 in critical condition. To date, 1,1773 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.


Southern Delaware Tourism looks ahead to recovery 

National Travel and Tourism Week will spotlight resilience and hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic with this year’s theme: The Spirit of Travel.

Since in-person rallies and events that have been hallmarks of NTTW in years past are not an option this year, Southern Delaware Tourism is engaging by celebrating the impact of tourism in Sussex County and diligently preparing for its return.

“Sussex County tourism generates $2.1 billion in visitor spending; that’s 43% of all visitor spending in the state of Delaware,” says Scott Thomas, Executive Director of SDT. “It supports nearly 19,000 jobs in the county, attracts new businesses, diversifies our economy, and saves each household over $1,500 a year in taxes.”

“Along with agriculture, tourism drives the Sussex County economy”, he adds. “With the pandemic and the resulting restrictions, tourism here has obviously taken a big hit.  SDT is working hard to make sure Sussex County remains a top-of-mind destination for visitors and potential visitors and to create “welcome back” promotions for immediate launch as soon as non-essential travel restrictions are lifted and visitors can return safely.

“There will be a lot of pent-up travel demand when this pandemic pause is over, especially for closer, driving vacations and getaways” Thomas says. “We want to make sure when people are finally free to travel that Southern Delaware is their destination of choice.  National Travel and Tourism Week is an opportunity for us to remind visitors and residents of the incredible spirit and resiliency of the travel industry and of our local workforce. Both are very worthy of this celebration.”


United Way of Delaware to distribute sanitizer, face masks and paper products

Hundreds of Delawareans are safer, cleaner and drier thanks to the Dover Wipes Division of Procter & Gamble, which recently donated approximately $11,000 worth of non-surgical face masks, hand sanitizer, diapers and paper products to United Way of Delaware for distribution throughout the community.

The pallets of product donated by Procter & Gamble are making life a little easier for low-income residents who are served by UWDE’s agency partners, First State Community Action Agency, West End Neighborhood House and the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc. (DAPI). Items donated include:

  • 48 cases of 12-roll toilet paper packs
  • 104 cases of paper towels
  • 110 cases of diapers
  • 100 cases of wipes
  • 500 non-surgical masks
  • 55 gallons of hand sanitizer

United Way of Delaware also manages the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which to date has distributed nearly $250,000 in financial aid to nonprofit partner agencies supplying immediate, on-the-ground relief to Delawareans seeking assistance with food, shelter, utilities and other human service needs. Those wishing to support the Fund may do so by texting: derapid to 41444.


Delaware Restaurant Association is spreading the message: You are Not Alone

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and to raise awareness and provide support to the community the Delaware Restaurant Association is partnering with NAMI Delaware, the local/state agency affiliated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Now more than ever, in this time of anxiety and isolation, it is important for the mental health movement to come together.

This year, NAMI’s You Are Not Alone national campaign focuses on the power of connection for those affected by mental illness. Collectively, individuals can make a positive impact on the millions of people who are struggling and feeling particularly isolated.

NAMI is asking the public to share their own lived experience with mental health conditions by submitting their stories at www.NAMI.org/YourStory. The campaign builds connection and increases awareness through digital tools, such as our social media platforms, online support groups and the NAMI COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide. These resources make connection possible despite the current climate.

During Mental Health Month, and especially in times of uncertainty, both NAMI Delaware and the Delaware Restaurant Association community are here to help.

Topics to include: Handling and Managing Stress/Anxiety/Depression, Women & Children, Suicide & Substance Prevention, Remembering Self Care/Mindfulness/Well-Being, and Outlets to Providers & HELP. Each topic will be celebrated on a weekly basis full of resources and tools.


Alana Rose Foundation provides financial relief during COVID-19 to Nemours

The Alana Rose Foundation has given $10,000 to Nemours and the Family Relief Fund in response to COVID-19. Named in honor of Alana Rose Prettyman, a local child who lost her life five years ago to a terminal illness at 15-months-old, the goal of the foundation is to provide financial relief to families struggling with terminal or life-threatening illnesses during long-term hospital stays.

“I have been looking for a meaningful way to help out families during this time, and with some of the restrictions on visitors and family interaction, some of our normal donation procedures are difficult to follow,” says Alexa Shoultes, Founder of ARF. “In perfect timing, I called and spoke with Stephanie Adams the Community Liaison for Nemours in Southern Delaware, and was told their Family Emergency Relief Fund was in jeopardy. After learning about the fund I knew it was a perfect match,” says Ms. Shoultes.

The donation was a combination of $5000 cash donation and $5000 worth of gift cards, in different demominations, for easy disbursement. “Both the Family Relief Fund and the gift cards complement our mission to provide financial relief to families and we are grateful that we can help out during this global pandemic”, says Ms. Shoultes.


April 28 

Gov. Carney declares Sussex County as COVID-19 Hot Spot, announces additional testing sites

Gov. Carney declared Sussex County a hot spot for COVID-19 in Delaware and announced the initial schedule for the State of Delaware’s Coordination and Care community testing sites in several Sussex communities.

The testing sites and outreach will be conducted in coordination with the Delaware Division of Public Health DPH and Department of Health and Social Services, hospital systems,  community organizations, and local employers.

Testing is geared to reach high-risk populations: those with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, those living or working with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, family members or housemates of those working in the poultry industry, and those with chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, hypertension, or compromised immune systems.

Last week, 750 individuals were tested during the first expansion of COVID-19 community testing in Sussex County, with over 35% of results at the community testing events were positive for COVID-19.

The CDC has sent an epidemiology team to Delaware to help quantify the spread of the disease downstate, combat the COVID-19 crisis in Sussex County, and make recommendations to prevent even more widespread transmission.

The focus of community testing sites is employees of essential businesses, family members of at-risk populations, those exposed to someone with COVID-19, or someone caring for a sick family member with COVID-19. The testing sites involve both rapid and nasal swab testing, immediate case investigation for positive cases, connection to a resource coordinator for services like food and housing for those who are positive, and care kits to be given to individuals being tested. Care kits will be given to people who have a high risk of household transmission and do not have the means to purchase the supplies themselves. A doctor’s order or referral is not needed for these sites.

Each of the health care systems in Sussex County is participating in this community testing effort. There will be bilingual staff on site. The timing and locations of initially scheduled community testing sites are below. Nanticoke Memorial Hospital also anticipates beginning community testing within the week and will provide details for their testing plan once details have been finalized.

  • Community Testing Site hosted by Beebe Healthcare in the parking lot between JD Shuckers and the Veteran’s Administration off of Rt. 404 in Georgetown: Wednesday, April 29 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Community Testing Site hosted by Bayhealth at the DHSS State Services Center in Milford located at 253 NE Front Street: Thursday, April 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Community Testing Site hosted by Beebe Healthcare in the parking lot between JD Shuckers and the Veteran’s Administration off of Rt. 404 in Georgetown: Friday, May 1 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Community Testing Site hosted by Bayhealth at the DHSS State Services Center in Milford located at 253 NE Front Street: Saturday, May 2 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Community Testing Site hosted by Beebe Healthcare in the parking lot between JD Shuckers and the Veteran’s Administration off of Rt. 404 in Georgetown: Saturday, May 2 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Community Testing Site hosted by Bayhealth at the DHSS State Services Center in Milford located at 253 NE Front Street: Monday, May 4 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers through Tuesday, April 28

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 413 more positive cases have been confirmed and that 12 more Delawareans — 137 in all — have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The deceased range in age from 32 to 103 years old.

As of 12:20 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 4,575 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 1,701 of them in New Castle County, 728 in Kent County and 2,114 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 16,605 negative cases.

There are 337 Delawareans who are currently hospitalized with 60 in critical condition. To date, 1,096 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.

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