Governor Carney Formally Extends Public Health Emergency

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Friday formally extended the Public Health Emergency order another 30 days to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs, and issued the following statement: 

“It’s important people stay one step ahead of COVID-19,” said Governor Carney. “Keep doing the things we know that work. Stay home if you’re sick and get tested. Mask up in public indoor settings or if you are at a higher risk for illness. Get vaccinated and boosted when you’re eligible.”

Under Delaware law, Public Health Emergency declarations must be renewed every 30 days. 

Visit Governor Carney’s website to view the Public Health Emergency extension. 

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Vacunas de COVID-19 Para Niños de 6 Meses a 5 Años Recibe Autorización Federal; Vacunas Desde de la Semana de Jun. 20

DOVER, DE (18 de Junio, 2022) – Los padres de niños de 6 meses a 5 años podrán vacunar a sus hijos contra el COVID-19 a partir de la semana del 20 de Junio de 2022, según la División de Salud Pública (DPH). Las vacunas para este grupo de edad más joven recibieron la aprobación final para la Autorización de Uso de Emergencia de la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos (FDA) el Viernes y los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC) hoy.

Tanto la vacuna de Moderna como la de Pfizer-BioNTech fueron autorizadas para este grupo de edad, con leves diferencias entre ambas. Moderna es una vacuna de una serie de dos dosis, que contiene una cuarta parte de la dosis para adultos, para niños de 6 meses a 5 años. La eficacia estimada varía según la edad. La vacuna de Pfizer es una serie primaria de tres dosis que es una décima parte de la dosis para adultos y está autorizada para niños de 6 meses a 4 años, ya que su vacuna para niños de 5 años ya está aprobada. Tiene una efectividad estimada del 80% después de la tercera dosis.

Los efectos secundarios fueron generalmente leves y no se identificaron efectos secundarios graves. Para Moderna, los efectos secundarios reportados con mayor frecuencia en todas las edades incluyeron dolor, enrojecimiento e hinchazón en el lugar de la inyección, fiebre e hinchazón/sensibilidad en las axilas en el lugar de la inyección. Los efectos secundarios de Pfizer incluyeron irritabilidad, disminución de apetito, fiebre, dolor de cabeza, escalofríos y dolor, sensibilidad, enrojecimiento e hinchazón en el lugar de la inyección.

DPH ha incluido una tabla conveniente en de.gov/youthvaccine que explica las diferencias entre las dos vacunas.

Los cargamentos iniciales de Pfizer y Moderna están programados para llegar a Delaware el lunes 20 de junio de 2022 y se enviarán a los proveedores médicos que ordenaron uno o ambos con anterioridad. No todos los proveedores pre-ordenaron la vacuna inicialmente. Aunque algunos proveedores pueden estar listos para comenzar a administrar tan pronto como el 21 de Junio de 2022, otros han indicado que comenzarán después. DPH recomienda encarecidamente que los padres se comuniquen con su proveedor de atención médica pediátrica para obtener detalles específicos sobre la programación y tiempo. Se alienta a los padres a visitar de.gov/youthvaccine para obtener una lista de proveedores que ofrecen vacunas. Los suministros y el acceso aumentarán a medida que avance la semana.

“Estamos increíblemente felices y con tranquilidad de que una vacuna COVID-19 ahora estará disponible para nuestra población más joven a partir de los 6 meses de edad,” dijo la Directora del DPH, la Dra. Karyl Rattay. “Reconocemos la preocupación que padres con niños pequeños han enfrentado esperando que la vacuna esté disponible mientras que buscan formas de proteger a los más pequeños de este virus. Esperamos que los padres consulten con el proveedor de su hijo o con el centro médico apropiado para determinar la mejor opción para ellos.”

Las vacunas estarán disponibles a través de pediatras/proveedores de atención primaria, clínicas DPH y Centros de Salud Calificados Federalmente. Además de las clínicas del DPH, algunos proveedores adicionales acordaron vacunar a los que no son pacientes. Esa información se agregará a de.gov/youthvaccine a medida que esté disponible.

Las farmacias también vacunarán a bebés y niños en este grupo de edad. Sin embargo, es importante que las familias sepan que no todos vacunarán a los niños menores de 3 años. Ubique las farmacias participantes en vaccines.gov. La base de datos agregó una función que permite que las farmacias ingresen la edad más baja en la que están dispuestas a vacunar y debería aparecer cuando los padres busquen una vacuna para este grupo de edad más joven.

Aunque niños y adolescentes suelen tener menos riesgo que los adultos de enfermarse gravemente o ser hospitalizados por COVID-19, durante el aumento de Omicron (Invierno de 2021-22), sus tasas de enfermedad aumentaron. Durante el aumento invernal de Omicron, los bebés y niños menores de 5 años fueron hospitalizados con el virus a una tasa aproximadamente cinco veces más alta que durante el aumento de Delta (otoño de 2021), según un hallazgo reciente de un estudio de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC). Adicionalmente, los resultados graves de COVID-19 son impredecibles y pueden ocurrir en niños sanos. El riesgo es mayor en aquellos con condiciones de salud subyacentes. Según datos del CDC, el 64% de las hospitalizaciones en menores de 5 años se da en aquellos sin comorbilidades. Por último, el COVID-19 puede causar enfermedades adicionales a largo plazo en niños. Entre tres y seis por ciento de los niños con COVID-19 se reportan síntomas continuos durante más de 12 semanas.

Los padres o guardianes que tengan preguntas sobre qué vacuna es adecuada para su hijo deben consultar a su proveedor pediátrico o médico de familia/proveedor de atención médica. Se anticipa que la mayoría de los padres acudirán a proveedores pediátricos para vacunar a bebés y niños en este grupo de edad.


COVID-19 Vaccines For Children 6 Months to 5 Years Receives Federal Authorization; DE Vaccines to Begin Week of June 20

DOVER, DE (June 18, 2022) – Parents of children ages 6 months through 5 years old, will be able to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 starting the week of June 20, 2022, according to the Division of Public Health (DPH). Vaccines for this youngest age group received final sign off for Emergency Use Authorization, from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Friday, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today.

Both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines were authorized for this age group, with slight differences between the two. Moderna’s is a two-dose series of vaccine, which is one-quarter the adult dosage, for children ages 6 months through 5 years old.  Estimated effectiveness varies based on age. The Pfizer vaccine is a three-dose primary series that is one-tenth the adult dosage and is authorized for children 6 months through 4 years old, as their vaccine for 5-year-olds is already approved. It has an estimated effectiveness of 80% after the third dose.

Side effects were generally mild, and no serious side effects were identified. For Moderna, the most commonly reported side effects across all ages included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, fever and underarm swelling/tenderness at the injection site. For Pfizer side effects included irritability, decreased appetite, fever, headache, chills and pain, tenderness, redness and swelling at the injection site.

DPH has included a convenient chart on de.gov/youthvaccine explaining the differences between the two vaccines.

Initial shipments of Pfizer and Moderna are set to arrive in Delaware on Monday, June 20, 2022, and are going to medical providers who pre-ordered either one, or both of them. Not all providers pre-ordered vaccine initially. While some providers may be ready to start administering as soon as June 21, 2022, others have indicated they will begin later. DPH strongly recommends that parents contact their pediatric health care provider for specifics on scheduling and timing.  Parents are encouraged to visit de.gov/youthvaccine for a list of providers offering vaccines. Supply and access will increase as the week goes on.

“We are incredibly happy and relieved that a COVID-19 vaccine will now be available to our youngest population starting at 6 months old,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay.  “We recognize the concern that parents with young children have faced waiting for the vaccine to become available as they look for ways to protect their youngest from this virus.  It is our hope that parents will consult with their child’s provider or the appropriate medical facility to determine the best option for them.”

Vaccines will be available from pediatricians/primary care providers, DPH clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers. In addition to DPH clinics, a few additional providers have agreed to vaccinate non-patients. That information will be added to de.gov/youthvaccine as it becomes available.

Pharmacies will also vaccinate infants and children in this age group. However, it is important for families to know that not all will vaccinate children under age 3. Locate participating pharmacies at vaccines.gov. The database has added a feature which allows pharmacies to enter the lowest age they are willing to vaccinate and should show up when parents search for a vaccine for this youngest age group.

While children and adolescents are typically at lower risk than adults of becoming severely ill or hospitalized from COVID-19, during the Omicron surge (Winter 2021-22), their rates of illness increased. During the winter Omicron surge, infants and children under 5 years of age were hospitalized with the virus at approximately five times the rate they were during the Delta surge (Fall 2021), a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently found. Additionally, severe COVID-19 outcomes are unpredictable and can occur in healthy children. The risk is higher in those with underlying health conditions.  According to data from the CDC, 64% of hospitalizations in children under 5 years occur in those without comorbidities. Lastly, COVID-19 can cause additional long-term illness in children. Between three and six percent of children with COVID-19 report continued symptoms for more than 12 weeks.

Parents or guardians with questions about which vaccine is right for their child should consult their pediatric provider or family doctor/health care provider. It is anticipated that most parents will turn to pediatric providers to vaccinate infants and children in this age group.


DPH Prepares for CDC to Authorize Vaccines for Children Under 5; Urges Safety During Event-Filled Weekend

DOVER, DE (June 17, 2022) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) reports an overall decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization since the previous monthly COVID-19 update released on May 21, 2022. While COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are experiencing a decreasing trend, DPH encourages Delawareans to rely on trusted prevention actions to stay one step ahead of COVID-19 during this event-filled weekend that includes Father Day, Juneteenth, and ongoing Pride celebrations. Delawareans can stay safe by:

 

  • Staying home when sick, and getting tested for COVID-19
  • Wearing a mask, including in public indoor areas
  • Remaining up to date with recommended COVID-19 vaccinations including boosters
  • Turning to trusted sources for information on COVID-19 including treatment options

 

Vaccine for Infants and Children

On June 15, the FDA’s medical advisory committee VRBPAC, authorized Moderna’s vaccine for children ages 6 months through 5 years old and Pfizer’s vaccine for children ages 6 months through 4 years old.  The FDA Director Peter Marks signed off on the committee’s authorization on Friday, June 17. The CDC’s advisory committee met earlier today on June 17th to discuss the vaccines. The committee is expected to vote on their use on Saturday, June 18th.  A formal sign-off is still required from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director before vaccine administration can begin.  

The first shipments of vaccine for children under 5 years old will arrive in Delaware on June 20th, and the earliest that vaccine administrations, pending the CDC’s vote, are expected to begin is June 21st (though this may vary by site). Not all providers ordered vaccine for this first wave. The Division of Public Health has placed information about these pediatric vaccines on de.gov/youthvaccine.  New locations will be added regularly. 

The Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a primary series of two doses, one month apart, to individuals 6 months through 5 years of age. Effectiveness varies by age. The most commonly reported side effects across all age subgroups included pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, fever and underarm swelling/tenderness at the injection site.

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is administered as a primary series of three doses in which the initial two doses are administered three weeks apart followed by a third dose administered at least eight weeks after the second dose in individuals 6 months through 4 years of age. The most common side effects included irritability, decreased appetite, fever, headache, chills and pain, tenderness, redness and swelling at the injection site.

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations:

  • Total positive cases since March 11, 2020: 281,986
  • 7-day daily average of new positive cases: 259.9 a decrease of 314.8 average new positive cases reported since May 21, 2022
  • 7-day daily average for the percentage of total positive tests: 14.1 percentage points, a difference of 4.9 percentage points reported since May 21, 2022
  • Hospitalizations: 109, current hospitalizations; critically ill: 12
  • Total COVID-19 deaths: 2,977, an increase of 38 since last month, including 25 deaths from a review of vital statistics
 

COVID-19 Vaccinations:  

  • Total number of doses administered in Delaware: 1,109,960
  • Percentage of Delawareans 5+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 74.1% 
  • Percentage of Delawareans 12+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 78.3%  
  • Percentage of Delawareans 18+ who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 79.8% 
  • Percent of Delawareans who are fully vaccinated (CDC data): 69.9%  

  

All qualifying Delawareans should get vaccinated. For a location near you, visit de.gov/getmyvaccine. Delaware’s latest COVID-19 vaccination statistics can be found under the Vaccine Tracker dashboard at de.gov/healthycommunity.  

  

COVID-19 Case Vaccination Status Report:  

The following reports capture a weekly breakdown of non-boosted cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for the time frame of June 06 – June 12, 2022. 

 

Weekly Overview(06/06/22 – 06/12/22)

Non-boosted Cases

Total Non-boosted Cases

1573

Total Cases

2258

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

69%

Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

Total Non-boosted Hospitalized Cases

96

Total Hospitalized Cases

147

Percent of Non-boosted Cases

65%

Non-boosted Deaths

Total Non-boosted Deaths

0

Total COVID-19 Deaths

1

Percent of Non-boosted Deaths

0%

 

 

Long-term Care Statistics:  

As of Friday, June 17, 2022, there have been a total of 4,060 positive COVID-19 cases involving long-term care residents, and 964 residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from complications related to COVID-19.  

 

Resources:  

Individuals with general questions about COVID-19 should call Delaware 2-1-1, individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211, or email delaware211@uwde.org. Hours of operation are:  

Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.  

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  

  

Medically related questions regarding testing, symptoms, and health-related guidance can be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.  

 

For the latest information on the flu in Delaware, visit flu.delaware.gov

  

Delawareans 18 or older are encouraged to download COVID Alert DE, Delaware’s free exposure notification app to help protect your neighbors while ensuring your privacy. Download on the App Store or Google Play.  

  

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.  

  

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Anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind or speech disabled can contact DPH by dialing 711 first using specialized devices (i.e., TTY, TeleBraille, voice devices). The 711 service is free and to learn more about how it works, please visit delawarerelay.com. 

  

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.


Division Of Public Health Launches New Delaware WIC Educational Website

DOVER, DE (June 1, 2022) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing the launch of Delaware WIC’s new educational website.

The website includes information on nutrition, breastfeeding, and WIC’s programming for families, covering all stages of pregnancy, postpartum, infancy and children up to five years of age. It currently includes a link to information and contact numbers related to the baby formula shortage. The site can be accessed at Delaware.WICresources.org.

WIC, also known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children, is a federal nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well and learn about nutrition.

WIC provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding support, referrals to health care, welfare and social services, and nutrition education.

The new Delaware WIC site provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, nutritional feeding practices, and information for expectant mothers and fathers.

The website also features information on the Delaware WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program which begins June 1 and ends October 31. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program materials, located on the site, guide participants on how and where to redeem their one-time $30 nutrition coupon provided by the program.

“Delaware is fully committed to the health and well-being of our residents, particularly our children,” said DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Good health starts with good nutrition. The launch of the Delaware WIC website is happening at a time when it is needed the most. Families can learn how to access healthy foods at Delaware’s farmers’ markets, and they can also get up-to-date information on WIC and its related programs, including information on breastfeeding and infant formula.”

The new website marks a pivotal change in how Delaware WIC provides nutrition education materials. During the pandemic, WIC pivoted from an in-person service provider to offering services virtually. The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique opportunities to provide WIC services to at-risk women, infants and children who may not have participated in WIC before. Waivers permitted WIC to deliver benefits remotely and offered opportunities for nutrition education and breastfeeding support virtually to WIC families. Participants have fully embraced this new model of delivering WIC services to the community.

WIC is one of the nation’s largest federal nutrition programs, serving approximately 6.3 million people nationally, including about half of all infants born in the United States. WIC supports the short- and long-term health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5.

In Fiscal Year 2021, the Delaware WIC program served 17,199 participants, including 9,107 participants in New Castle County, 4,353 in Kent County and 3,739 in Sussex County.

Delawareans are encouraged to visit Delaware.WICresources.org or follow Delaware WIC on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube where they will find information on Delaware WIC’s programs and healthy recipes using WIC-approved ingredients.

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Anyone who is deaf, hard of hearing, Deaf-Blind or speech disabled can contact DPH by dialing 711 first using specialized devices (i.e., TTY, TeleBraille, voice devices). The 711 service is free and to learn more about how it works, please visit delawarerelay.com.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware’s citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.