Largest coronavirus increase yet as state passes 1,000 cases

DOVER — Delaware saw almost 200 additional coronavirus cases Wednesday, including three more deaths. There have now been 1,116 laboratory-confirmed cases here, causing 19 deaths, according to the Division of Public Health. A total of 159 people have recovered, meaning they have been without symptoms at least a week. DPH said 177 individuals are currently […]

Commentary: Testing in the short term will help get us past the crunch

Commentary

By Dan Cannon We are well into the first month of major COVID-19 infections in patches around our country, with most of the country awaiting the worst. Unfortunately, we are very much behind the eight ball in the most heavily infected areas, with New York an unwilling template for reaction to infections spikes. Even with […]

Delaware using rapid test kits for select groups

SMYRNA — Thousands of rapid test kits for COVID-19 arrived in Delaware and the state is earmarking them for those on the frontlines. The Division of Public Health received 5,000 rapid test kits late last week, which were put to use during a trial-run drive-thru over the weekend. DPH intends to use the kits to […]

Chipman students sewing ‘Masks from the Heart’

FELTON — Brynn String and Mylee Wilkie wanted to use their sewing skills to help their community. What followed was bigger than anything the two W.T. Chipman Middle School students could have imagined. The seventh-graders started the Facebook page “Masks from the Heart” in order to distribute masks to first responders and medical professionals during […]

Mobile hospital can be used for coronavirus surge, state says

DOVER — The state announced a third alternate care site in the event of a coronavirus surge on Tuesday. Bayhealth, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Beebe Healthcare will take part in a collaborative effort to manage a mobile hospital unit, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and State Health Operations Center said. Its exact location is to […]

Commentary: Managing anxiety in the time of COVID-19

Commentary

By Neil S. Kaye, MD Anxiety is normal. It is the body’s way of protecting us, an alarm system that triggers when we sense danger.  Anxiety can have a host of symptoms: rapid or pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweaty palms, shakiness, impaired sleep, fear, a sense of doom, and impaired focus, attention and concentration.  […]

Trump approves Delaware disaster relief funds; total cases reach 673

President Donald Trump declared Delaware a major disaster area Sunday and directed federal assistance to supplement the state’s recovery efforts in response to the coronavirus pandemic, as another 80 positive cases were reported, bringing the state’s total to 673. With President Trump’s approval of the state’s disaster declaration, federal funding is available to support state […]

Commentary: Now is the time to come together to battle COVID-19

Commentary

By Dr. David Tam EDITOR’S NOTE: COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation. Please be aware that any information shared can change at any time. In the past month, the novel COVID-19 pandemic has become our new reality globally, nationally, and in our community. Beebe Healthcare has received questions – and some very astute ones – […]

Letter to the Editor: Pardon doctors, other health care workers

Letters to the Editor

I specialize in applications for pardons, clemency and commutation of sentences. In most states, the process to get a pardon takes from 14 to 24 months, and in the federal system, even longer. In this time of national emergency, I call upon all governors and legislatures as necessary, to change laws to expedite the pardon […]

Model predicts coronavirus will peak in Delaware in mid-April

DOVER — A model on the coronavirus spread has the outbreak peaking in Delaware in mid-April and causing 240 deaths by August. Produced by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington in Seattle, the projections have been cited by White House health officials as some of the best available. The […]