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Statement from DHSS Secretary on the Pending U.S. Senate Health Care Vote

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services

NEW CASTLE (July 25, 2017) – Department of Health and Social Services Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker, a board-certified family physician, released the following statement urging the U.S. Senate not to approve a health care reform bill expected to be voted on today: “On behalf of the tens of thousands of Delawareans who have gained […]




Volunteers Needed for State Animal Response Team

Date Posted: Monday, July 24th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

The Division of Public Health Office of Animal Welfare (OAW) is seeking individuals interesting in assisting animals in emergencies and disasters. The OAW Delaware Animal Response (DAR) program is recruiting community volunteers for its Delaware State Animal Response Team (DE SART) and their specialized unit, the Delaware Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (DE VMRC).




Governor Carney Signs Legislation to Expand Access to Overdose-Reversing Medication to Pharmacies

Date Posted: Thursday, July 20th, 2017
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services Governor John Carney News Office of the Governor Public Health

New law will allow pharmacists to dispense naloxone without an individual prescription under same protections afforded to doctors DOVER, Del. – Governor John Carney on Thursday signed into law Senate Bill 48 to expand community access to the life-saving drug naloxone by making it possible for pharmacists to dispense the antidote without an individual prescription […]




Public Health Makes it Easier to Apply for Distressed Cemetery Funds

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Categories:  News Public Health

The Division of Public Health (DPH) is changing its Distressed Cemetery Fund guidelines to encourage cemetery owners, managers or caretakers with minimal resources to apply for funds by making the application process more attractive and efficient. The goal is to assist those that have shown an ongoing commitment to repairing cemeteries by increasing the maximum award amount, decreasing the match requirement, and reducing the waiting period between applications.




DPH Encourages Residents to Prepare for Dangerously High Temperatures, Take Steps to Prevent Heat Illness as Temperatures Soar

Date Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
Categories:  Delaware Health and Social Services News Public Health

With temperatures expected to reach the mid-to-high 90s and heat index values ranging from 100 to 105 degrees later this week, the Division of Public Health (DPH) encourages Delaware residents to prepare for extreme heat and take steps to prevent heat illness as temperatures rise. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for New Castle County and an Excessive Heat Advisory for Kent and Sussex counties between 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13.




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