Commentary: Americans should heed military leaders’ words

By Don Flood Both locally and nationally, we’ve been having a vigorous debate about our rights. One recent letter writer (“Protect liberty for next ‘emergency,’” May 4) complained of insomnia, caused not by the coronavirus-related loss of thousands of lives and millions of jobs but from the “hit our liberties are taking.” Here, we’re facing […]

Commentary: Nanticoke staff stands tall against coronavirus

By Dr. Joseph H. Kim Surge. That word will forever have a different meaning to me and thousands of my colleagues around the world. Our rural, 99-bed Nanticoke Memorial Hospital experienced the surge the last week of March where, at one point, we had more than 50 patients that were positive for COVID-19 or under […]

Commentary: Epidemiologists and contact tracers are disease detectives

By Dr. Jennifer Horney and Colten Strickland Among all the responsibilities expected of epidemiologists, if any validate the designation as “disease detective,” it is contact tracing. Contact tracing has been a crucial part of public health for decades. In conjunction with mass vaccination and surveillance, contact tracing plays a key role in our ability to […]

Letter to the Editor: Wear masks for protection

The best thing right now is when you’re out and around people, everyone should wear a mask. This helps protect you and others until they come up with a coronavirus vaccine, and even then, you might get it just like the flu. The most important thing I think all states should do is let everyone […]

Saint Francis Healthcare resumes select services

WILMINGTON – Saint Francis Healthcare began resuming critical services and elective surgeries on Tuesday as part of a phased approach.Physician practices also continue toh offer telehealth services, including wellness visits, chronic disease management or other health concerns, as options for patients. For a telehealth or (if necessary) in-person appointment, or to schedule a surgery or […]

Expectant moms face increased stress during pandemic

LONG NECK — Samantha Jones is a planner. The 26-year-old Long Neck resident makes lists. Every major choice in her life has been mapped out, organized and planned. Four years ago, she and her husband Daniel, decided they wanted a baby. They came up with a financial plan to achieve their goal. They followed it […]

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Monday that it will temporarily drop hydroxychloroquine — the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Trump says he is taking — from its global study into experimental COVID-19 treatments, saying that its experts need to review all available evidence to date. In a press briefing, WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus […]

Commentary: COVID-19 brings a new reality for medical practice

By Dr. Michael J. Bradley, DO It is mid-March at Dover Family Physicians; the governor has declared a state of emergency. Restaurants, bars and beaches are closed, the school year is suspended, and a stay-at-home order is mandated. The phones are backed up with patients canceling their appointments, and everyone is afraid of catching COVID-19. […]

Hospitals expand services

Delaware’s COVID-19 concerns remain but some dramatic fears have at least diminished. Thus, health care professionals agree it’s time to resume elective procedures and primary care services. On Tuesday, state officials announced expanded opportunity for surgeries, preventive care and wellness visits. The services were allowed to return on Wednesday. Much needed colonoscopies, hip and knee […]

Commentary: Primary care physicians roll with the coronavirus changes

By Kristine B. Diehl, MD No one would have believed nine weeks ago, as we looked toward St. Patrick’s Day, that our world would have been changed so dramatically by the coronavirus between then and Memorial Day weekend. At that time, our office scrambled to make changes in our small family practice and taking care […]