DPH Opens New Standing Vaccination Clinics in Four Locations

DOVER (May 11, 2021) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) has opened four standalone COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week, which will serve for the next several months as an option for people to be vaccinated with or without an appointment, including those in the newly eligible 12-and-older age group starting today.

Appointments can be made at these four new clinics – as well as at Public Health clinics located in state service centers — by calling 1-833-643-1715, and they will handle walk-in traffic as well. These clinics use Pfizer vaccine and can immediately begin vaccinating the 12+ age group approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday. Written parental consent is required to vaccinate individuals younger than 18 years old, however the parent is not required to be on site with the child during the vaccination.

The vaccination clinics will schedule appointments or accept walk-ins Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:15 and 4 p.m.

Oxford Plaza
256 Chapman Road
Suite 100
Newark, DE 19702


Canby Park
1946 Maryland Ave.
Wilmington, DE 19805


Blue Hen Corporate Center
655 S. Bay Road, Suite 1A
Dover, DE 19901


Georgetown Plaza
19 Georgetown Plaza
Georgetown, DE 19947


“As we look to increase our vaccinated population, especially to reach young people who will be going back to college and school at the end of summer, these new vaccination-only clinics have the capacity to administer thousands of vaccines a week,” DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay said. “These standing vaccination clinics, along with our public health clinics at state service centers, Curative sites, medical providers, pharmacies and community events will all be a part of increasing Delawareans’ protection against COVID-19 substantially in the next several months.”

For a full list of Division of Public Health clinic sites, as well as other vaccination opportunities, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine. DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

Delaware Flag to be Lowered for Former Governor Pierre Samuel “Pete” du Pont IV

Governor Carney has ordered the Delaware flag to be lowered Tuesday, May 11, 2021, to honor former Governor Pierre Samuel “Pete” du Pont IV, who passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Flags are to remain at half-staff for one week, and are to be returned to full staff at the close of business on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. 

Governor Carney on Saturday released the following statement:

“Delaware lost a real leader today. Governor Pete du Pont served a single term in the Delaware House of Representatives before representing Delawareans for six years in the U.S. Congress, and going on to serve two terms as Governor. As Governor, he found ways to work across the aisle to address an immediate fiscal crisis and make Delaware more competitive economically. He championed sound fiscal practices, including creating the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council, that have served Delaware well for decades. Working with members of the General Assembly, he signed legislation that helped create the financial services industry in our state, which continues to employ thousands of Delawareans. Governor du Pont was a good and decent man who loved Delaware. Tracey and I are praying for his wife Elise, There, Ben, Pierre, Elise and their entire family.”

Delaware State Parks Named a Finalist in National Competition for Excellence

Delaware’s state parks abound with offerings for visitors, along with history and beautiful views like the World War II-era fire control towers along Delaware’s Atlantic coast. /DNREC Photo

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announce today that its Division of Parks and Recreation has been named a finalist for the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA) 2021 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. The award is given in coordination by the AAPRA with the National Recreation and Park Association.

“We are proud that the Division of Parks and Recreation is a finalist in this prestigious competition, especially while celebrating the 70th anniversary of Delaware State Parks this year,” said DNREC Secretary Shawn M. Garvin. “Achieving this level of recognition among other high-caliber park systems across the country is commendable, and puts a spotlight on how talented and passionate our staff and volunteers are.”

This is the second time Delaware’s state parks are in the running for the award, having won it previously in 2015. The state park award category is awarded every other year and Delaware State Parks was required to wait to apply again until this year. If selected as this year’s winner, Delaware would be the second state park system to win the award twice.

Agencies are judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of community members, staff members and elected officials. Applications are separated into six classes, with five classes based on population and one class for armed forces. Delaware State Parks joins three other finalists in their class that will compete for the Grand Plaque, which will be awarded in September.

The National Gold Medal Awards program, founded in 1965 and sponsored by Musco Lighting, LLC, honors communities in the United States that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.

To learn more about the Gold Medal Awards, visit www.aapra.org.


The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control protects and manages the state’s natural resources, protects public health, provides outdoor recreational opportunities and educates Delawareans about the environment. The DNREC Division of Parks and Recreation oversees more than 26,000 acres in 17 state parks and the Brandywine Zoo. For more information, visit the website and connect with @DelawareDNREC on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

Media Contacts: Shauna McVey, shauna.mcvey@delaware.gov or Michael Globetti, michael.globetti@delaware.gov.




Governor Carney Nominates Kevin O’Connell as Chief Defender for the State of Delaware

O’Connell would replace Brendan O’Neill who retires May 31

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Monday nominated Kevin O’Connell to serve as the next Chief Defender for the State of Delaware, leading the Delaware Office of Defense Services (ODS). The Delaware Senate is expected to consider his nomination next week.

“Kevin has the experience, character, and commitment to justice for all Delawareans that is so critical for a public defender,” said Governor Carney. “I’m confident he will be a strong leader of the Office of Defense Services and continue to provide important legal services for those who need it most. I look forward to the Delaware Senate considering his nomination.”

O’Connell has more than 30 years of experience representing indigent criminal clients. He has been with the ODS since 2005, most recently as the head of the New Castle County Division and head of the office’s Superior Court Unit. Prior to that, O’Connell was in private practice. O’Connell is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a founding member of the Delaware Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and Widener University Delaware Law School.

“I am humbled and honored by my nomination, and I am thankful to Governor Carney for his trust and support. Public defenders are on the front lines of the criminal justice system, and my goal is to continue the tradition of supporting ODS employees in their mission to provide unmatched criminal defense representation for their clients,” said Kevin O’Connell. “Under Brendan’s leadership, the ODS has taken tremendous steps to advance indigent defense and I am committed to continuing that work by further promoting a model of holistic defense and by combating systemic racism in the Courts and elsewhere.”

O’Connell would replace Brendan O’Neill, who will retire on May 31, 2021. O’Neill was first appointed by former Governor Jack Markell in 2009.

“Kevin is the epitome of a public defender. He has been in the trenches advocating for clients in the courtroom, but also as an administrative leader providing a keen listening ear to ensure the staff of the ODS are supported in their day-to-day lives. I know the Office will be in talented and capable hands,” said Chief Defender Brendan O’Neill. “I’m excited to see the future of the Office of Defense Services for not just our staff, but also our clients.”

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Gouvènè Carney, DPH Anonse Chanjman Majè nan Restriksyon COVID-19 yo

Apati 21 me, pifò restriksyon sou kapasite yo anile; Moun Delaware yo dwe swiv direktiv CDC yo konsènan mask lè yo deyò; pi gwo evènman egzije toujou pou gen apwobasyon plan an nan DPH

WILMINGTON, Del. — Gouvènè John Carney ak Divizyon Sante Piblik Delaware (Division of Public Health, DPH) te anonse nan Madi a chanjman majè ki pral genyen nan restriksyon Delaware yo pou COVID-19.

Aplikab apati Vandredi 21 Me:

  • Tout restriksyon sou kapasite anndan restoran yo, biznis detayan, lòt etablisman biznis ak lye kilt yo pral anile. Etablisman yo pral kapab itilize tout kantite kapasite egzijans distans sosyal yo pral pèmèt.
  • Mask yo ap nesesè toujou anndan pou anpeche pwopagasyon COVID-19 la.
  • Lè yo deyò, Moun Delaware yo dwe swiv direktiv pou mete mask ki bay nan Sant pou Kontwòl ak Prevansyon Maladi a (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC). Risk pou pwopagasyon COVID-19 la ogmante pami gwo foul moun ki gen ladan moun ki pa te resevwa vaksen an. Nan ka sa yo, CDC rekòmande pou tout moun kontinye mete yon mask. DPH ka egzije mask pou andwa ki gen anpil moun ak pou gwo rasanbleman yo, sa gen ladan konsè, evènman espòtif yo, elatriye.
  • Egzijans distans sosyal yo pral soti nan 6 pye pou vin 3 pye.
  • Kliyan yo dwe kontinye rete chita anndan ak deyò nan ba ak restoran yo, sòf si DPH apwouve yon plan pou pis dans ak lòt zòn yo, epi yo dwe konsève distans omwen 3 pye.
  • Evènman ki gen plis pase 250 moun anndan ak deyò ap egzije toujou pou gen apwobasyon plan an nan DPH pou asire konfòmite avèk prekosyon debaz yo pou anpeche pwopagasyon COVID-19 la.

Chanjman yo pral vin ofisyèl nan yon pwochen modifikasyon òdonans dijans Gouvènè Carney pou COVID-19 la.

Gouvènè Carney deklare, “COVID-19 toujou ap sikile nan kominote nou yo, men nou gen zouti pou anpeche maladi grav ak anpeche moun entène lopital. Pran vaksen. Epi mande zanmi ak fanmi ou si yo te resevwa vaksen yo a. Se pi bon bagay ou ka fè pou pwoteje tèt ou ak pwoteje moun ou renmen yo.”

Jiska Lendi 3 Me, founisè yo nan Delaware te bay 762,869 dòz vaksen pou COVID-19. Plis pase 53 pousan nan Moun Delaware ki gen laj 16 lane oswa plis te resevwa omwen yon piki.

“Nou kontan anpil paske nou rive nan yon pwen nan efò Eta nou an kote nou ka leve restriksyon sa yo, men li enpòtan pou nou sonje efò nou yo pa fini, epi nou poko fini toujou avèk difikilte yo. Pral toujou gen kèk risk pou transmisyon, sitou nan anviwònman ki chaje ak moun yo, avèk varyant ki pi kontajye yo k ap sikile nan gwo nivo nan Eta nou an”, daprè deklarasyon Dok. Karyl Rattay, Direktè Divizyon Sante Piblik la. “Kidonk, annou antre nan pwochen faz nan rekiperasyon sa a antanke moun responsab, mete mask anndan epi pran vaksen an si ou poko pran l.”