COVID-19 hospitalizations fall to lowest point in three weeks

DOVER — The number of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 in Delaware dropped to its lowest point in three weeks, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s daily update on Friday. There were 420 COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide — the lowest amount since there were 412 on Jan. 1. The state experienced a record number of […]

Brazil receives vaccine cargo from India amid supply concern

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s government on Friday received 2 million doses of coronavirus vaccine from India, but experts warned the shipment will do little to shore up an insufficient supply in South America’s biggest nation. Brazil’s Health Ministry announced that the vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, landed in Sao […]

DOC commissioner, officials urge correctional officers to be vaccinated

SMYRNA – With a goal of at least 80% of the state’s correctional officers vaccinated for the coronavirus, Claire DeMatteis and other prison officials set an example late Friday morning. The Delaware Department of Correction commissioner received the first of two required shots at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center and was soon followed by correctional […]

Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to reduce infections and lift the siege it has endured for nearly a year. At the same time, he tried to manage expectations in his second […]

COVID-19 vaccination appointments offered to 11,500 seniors this weekend

DOVER — The Delaware Division of Public Health contacted 11,500 seniors Thursday offering appointments for this weekend’s large vaccination events in Delaware City and Georgetown, utilizing the DPH’s new registration system which was launched Wednesday. According to the DPH, invitations for appointments were extended with the highest priority going to individuals with age and health […]

Biden to sign virus measures, requires mask use to travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deep in the deadliest coronavirus wave and facing worrisome new mutations, President Joe Biden will kick off his national COVID-19 strategy to ramp up vaccinations and testing, reopen schools and businesses and increase the use of masks — including a requirement that Americans mask up for travel. Biden also will address inequities […]

Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drugmaker Eli Lilly said Thursday its antibody drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in residents and staff of nursing homes and other long-term care locations. It’s the first major study to show such a treatment may prevent illness in a group that has been devastated by the pandemic. Residents and staff who got […]

Delaware teacher vaccines to begin next week

Vaccinations for educators will begin next week, according to the Delaware Department of Education, although the effort will be broken into a “risk-based approach.” The state announced Tuesday that it would move into Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan immediately, focusing its attention on Delaware’s seniors. Educators who fit that criteria — considered “stage […]

DPH COVID-19 vaccination system opens with more than 56,000 requests

DOVER — More than 56,000 requests were successfully submitted as of 4 p.m. Wednesday after the Delaware Division of Public Health launched a system for individuals to request an appointment at COVID-19 vaccination events. The state entered Phase 1B of its vaccine distribution plan on Wednesday when only requests from Delawareans ages 65 and over […]

Phase 1B ramps up as state acts to move doses

DOVER — As Delaware enters Phase 1B of its vaccination plan, the state is no longer holding back second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, state officials confirmed on Tuesday. Leaders said they will launch an online registration system Wednesday morning for people 65 and older in an effort to vaccinate them by appointment at drive-thru […]