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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 5/19

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Stay in-the-know with a collection of COVID-19 related news briefs from across our communities. 

May 19 

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers for Tuesday, May 19

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 168 new positive cases have been confirmed and that 7 more Delawareans — 304 in all — have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The deceased range in age from 21 to 103 years old.

As of May 19, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 8,037 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 2,845 of them in New Castle County, 1,238 in Kent County and 3,904 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 36,095 negative cases.

There are 236 Delawareans who are currently hospitalized. To date, 3,760 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.


Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) potentially linked to COVID-19

The Delaware Division of Public Health is issuing a health advisory to ensure providers are aware of MIS-C potentially association with COVID-19, and to provide guidance on reporting of cases to DPH and testing of patients who present with this disease.

As of May 12, 2020, Delaware has reportedly identified three cases.

If there is a strong clinical suspicion of MIS-C call 1- 888-295-5156 to consult with the DPH Office of Infectious Disease, or report through [email protected].

This syndrome has features which overlap with Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock Syndrome. Inflammatory markers may be elevated, and fever and abdominal symptoms may be prominent. Rash also may be present. Myocarditis and other cardiovascular changes may be seen.

Symptoms

  • An individual aged < 21 years presenting with fever1, laboratory evidence of inflammation2, and evidence of clinically severe illness requiring hospitalization, with multisystem (>2) organ involvement (cardiac, renal, respiratory, hematologic, gastrointestinal, dermatologic or neurological);
  • No alternative plausible diagnoses;
  • Positive for current or recent SARS-CoV-2 infection by RT-PCR, serology, or antigen test; or COVID-19 exposure within the four (4) weeks prior to the onset of symptoms1 Fever >38.0°C for ≥24 hours, or report of subjective fever lasting ≥24 hours2 Including, but not limited to, one or more of the following: an elevated C-reactive protein (CRP), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), fibrinogen, procalcitonin, d-dimer, ferritin, lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH), or interleukin 6 (IL-6), elevated neutrophils, reduced lymphocytes and low albumin

County Executive Matt Meyer announces broad testing for New Castle County fire service members

In partnership with LabCorp, New Castle County has started providing test kits for county fire fighters this week.

“Fire fighters and EMTs keep us safe, so we need to keep them safe,” Meyer said in a statement. “We thank LabCorp for their partnership as we make this invisible enemy more visible and our community safer.”

The initial round of COVID-19 testing for fire service responders in New Castle County follows:

  • Tuesday, May 19 at Volunteer Hose Company (includes Middletown, Townsend, Odessa, and Port Penn Fire Companies).
  • Wednesday, May 20 at Cranston Heights Fire Company (includes Cranston Heights, Elsmere, Five Points, Hockessin, Belvedere, Newport, and Mill Creek).
  • Thursday, May 21 at Goodwill Fire Company (includes Minquadale, Holloway Terrace, Goodwill of New Castle, Wilmington Manor, and Delaware City Fire Companies).
  • Friday, May 22 at Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder (includes Newark and Christiana Fire Companies).

The fire chief of each company will provide an estimated number of responders to be tested each day. NCC has suggested guidelines to the fire chiefs that responders tested should include anyone in field response since April 1, 2020. It is at the fire chief’s discretion on who is tested. If for some reason a responder cannot attend on their fire companies designated day/time they may be tested on another day or at another location.


Sens. Coons, Collins outline priorities to support first responders in next COVID-19 relief bill

Send. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) led ten of their colleagues on a bipartisan letter to encouraging additional support for first responders in the next COVID-19 relief package.

The lawmakers detailed the following priorities for first responders:

  • Bolster Assistance to Firefighter Grant, Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER), and Department of Justice grant funding.
  • Require that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security waive the cost share and maintenance of expenditure requirements for Assistance to Firefighter Grants.
  • Address the gap in paid sick leave coverage for first responders by requiring that the employing agency, not the employee, provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave should these departments order the employee to self-quarantine in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines due to potential COVID-19 exposure.
  • Create a presumption in the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program that a public safety officer’s infection of COVID-19 resulted from their employment to clearly establish eligibility for benefits due to the pandemic.
  • Prevent the taxation of state and local incentives for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel beyond 2020 in order to help departments continue to recruit and retain volunteer personnel.

The lawmakers’ effort is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, the National Association of Police Organizations, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the International Association of Fire Fighters, the National Volunteer Fire Council, and the Congressional Fire Services Institute.


May 18

Delaware COVID-19 testing locations

The State of Delaware will be holding two drive-thru COVID-19 testing events this week. 

Thursday May 21
Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Rd, Middletown, DE 19709
10am – 2pm

Sunday May 24
Dover DMV, 303 Transportation Cir, Dover, DE 19901
10am – 2pm

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