Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long to Hold COVID-19 Remembrance Memorial Ceremony in Dover

Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Dr. Karyl Rattay, Delaware Division of Public Health,  members of the General Assembly, National and Local Community Partners in partnership with the Yellow Heart Memorial, and COVID Survivors for Change will hold a COVID-19 Remembrance Memorial Ceremony to remember and honor the lives lost during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the survivors and the front-line public health and health care workers in Delaware.

Dover, Del. – Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, a nurse and professor of nursing, will be joined by the Division of Public Health, Yellow Heart Memorial, COVID Survivors for Change and Delaware families to hold a memorial for the many victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the event, a memorial tree and plaque will be unveiled and the Yellow Heart Memorial will provide hearts for loved ones to fill out for their lost family members. 

Lieutenant Governor Hall-Long will join in remembering the many Delawareans who lost their battle with COVID, as well as the families impacted by those losses, on May 3, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., at an in-person memorial at the Delaware Division of Public Health’s Jesse Cooper Campus, located at 417 Federal Street in Dover, Delaware. We hope you will join us in remembering the 2,896 parents, siblings, and children who were lost to the pandemic. 

“As a nurse who joined many of our courageous health care workers to test and vaccinate Delawareans during the pandemic, I was able to witness firsthand the impact that COVID-19 had on our families across the state,” said Lt. Governor Hall-Long, Ph.D., R.N. “Many of our friends and neighbors have suffered a tremendous loss – their loved ones. Many are still suffering from the effects of surviving COVID-19 as well. I look forward to this opportunity to join, thank and honor all of these individuals and the public health and health care workers who continue to save lives and give us hope.” 

The Division of Public Health played a critical role in combating COVID. “I am honored to join the families as we remember the lives that were lost during the COVID pandemic, and all those who continue to be impacted by this life-changing pandemic,” said Dr. Karyl Rattay, Director of the Division of Public Health. “Our state’s public health and health care workforce worked tirelessly around the clock to help test, distribute information, vaccinate, educate, and provide care to all Delawareans, and they are still working to ensure that Delawareans are safe and well despite the health crisis, often sacrificing their own mental health and well-being in the process. I hope this ceremony will be the start of healing for many.” 

“Our loved ones are not just a number. Their memories will live on through us. We are their voices, we are their legacies,” said Rosie Davis with the Yellow Heart Memorial. 

“My dad was 1 of 2,896 Delawareans and almost 1 million Americans who needlessly lost their lives to Covid,” said Charonda Johnson, Strategic Partnerships Manager, for COVID Survivors for Change.  

“I’m honored to partner with Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, the Delaware Division of Public Health, and the Yellow Heart Memorial as we remember those who still suffer from the long-term impacts of COVID and those who have died. It’s critical for us to rebuild our community through empathy and work to ensure that the deaths of our loved ones were not in vain.”  

Lt. Governor Hall-Long and her community partners also will unveil a tree provided by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control at the Division of Public Health’s Jesse Cooper Building in Dover to remember and honor the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide a place of peace for public health and health care workers to heal. A memorial website is also being developed.  

Anyone who wishes to have their loved one remembered, recognize a COVID-19 survivor, or lift up an individual for their service by having their name included on a yellow heart can do so in advance at de.gov/covidmemorial or in person prior to the start of the ceremony. 


DelDOT Reminds Motorists to Slow Down & Pay Attention During National Work Zone Awareness Week

From left to right: Jana Tidwell from AAA Mid-Atlantic, Delaware State Police Sergeant Heather Pepper, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, Daria Benson and family (DelDOT), Tom Neubauer (Kiewit), Jason Sacco (DelDOT), Sarah Powell and family (DelDOT), Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski at NWZAW event in Wilmington

The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) encourages everyone to take part in National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW), April 11, 2022, through April 15, 2022, and to wear orange on Go Orange Day, April 13 as a reminder to use always caution and drive carefully in and around work zones.

On Monday, Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski, Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long, representatives from AAA Mid-Atlantic, the Delaware State Police, and Kiewit gathered in Wilmington adjacent to the I-95 Restore the Corridor work zone to remind motorists the importance of slowing down and paying attention when traveling through work zones. The theme of this year’s campaign: Drive Like Your Family Works Here. If we all work together, we can achieve zero deaths on our roads and in our work zones.

“Keeping our work zones safe is a collective effort,” said Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long. “Together by minimizing distractions, reducing our speed, and obeying posted signs while driving through work zones we can save lives. Keeping our roads, highways, and bridges safe should be all our DelDOT crews are focused on. They should not have to worry about whether or not they’ll make it home for dinner.”

“On any given day, we have hundreds of DelDOT employees and contractors working on our roadways making improvements to keep you safe. We also have our toll collectors working in the middle of our busiest roadways serving our customers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski. “This year’s theme is Drive Like Your Family Works Here. So please when you see a construction sign, our employees working along the roadway or going through our toll booths, slow down and Drive Like Your Family Works Here because we don’t ever want to lose a member of our DelDOT Family.”

April 13, 2022 starting at 10:00 am, Secretary of Transportation Nicole Majeski and representatives from the Delaware Office of Highway Safety and Mumford & Miller Construction will gather for another NWZAW event at American Legion #28 at 31768 Legion Road in Millsboro, Delaware.

Honor the families who have lost loved ones in work zone crashes on Go Orange Day Wednesday, April 13, 2022, and when passing through the Newark, Biddles, and Dover Toll Plazas or driving over the Indian River Inlet Bridge (Charles Cullen Bridge) remember the lights shine orange during April as a reminder of the role we all play in work zone safety.

NWZAW is held in April each year at the traditional start of the construction season when the number of works on our nation’s roadways increases. NWZAW began in 1999 when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) signed a Memorandum of Agreement pledging to increase public awareness of work zone safety issues through a national media campaign. Since then, awareness has continued to grow, with state agencies and other organizations sponsoring high-visibility education and outreach initiatives.

Discover other actions DelDOT is taking to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on Delaware’s roadways with the Delaware Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Click here to access this multi-agency approach that utilizes education, enforcement, engineering, and emergency medical service strategies, or visit DelDOT.gov.


Insurance Commissioner Navarro, Lt. Governor Hall-Long to Host Dover COVID Vaccine and Flu Shot Clinic

Local independent pharmacy to administer important immunizations

Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro, in collaboration with Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Kevin Musto, R.Ph., FAPhA, independent pharmacist with Atlantic Apothecary, has announced a COVID Vaccination and Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, November 18 from 1:00 to 4:00PM at the Delaware Department of Insurance’s Dover Office, 1351 West North Street. Weather permitting, the event will take place outdoors.

“Both the COVID-19 vaccines and the flu shot are safe and effective, and I’m proud to be able to offer them at our Dover office. Each are vital in helping to avoid significant illness, including hospitalization and death, and can be received during the same visit – including at our November 18 event,” said Commissioner Navarro, who will be getting his next dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the event.Be A Virus Fighter Flyer

All three types of COVID-19 vaccines – Johnson & Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer – will be available. Pfizer will be provided to eligible residents 5 years and older, Moderna is available for those 12 and older, and Johnson & Johnson for those 18 and older. All levels of vaccination will be offered, including first, second, third and booster doses. Flu shots are available and recommended for those 6 months and older. High-dose flu shots for those 65+ will also be administered at no charge with a Medicare card. Minors must have a guardian’s consent to receive their immunization.

Residents should bring their photo ID or other identification, insurance information or Medicare card, and their prescription or pharmacy card if applicable. Those who have previously received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine should bring their vaccine card or other documentation if possible. Vaccinations records can be obtained via the DelVAX system. For a faster registration, flu shot recipients can download and complete their Influenza Fluzone form in advance. There is a separate Influenza Fluzone form for those 65+  who wish to receive the high-dose flu vaccine. Participants will be asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing protocols.

Commissioner Navarro also expressed his gratitude to the pharmacists who have been providing these important immunizations throughout the state, saying “This event, and so many others, wouldn’t be possible without local pharmacies and their dedicated staff. We are grateful for their service to our communities.”

For more information about the flu and where to get vaccinated, visit flu.delaware.gov or call 1-800-282-8672. For information about where to get the COVID-19 vaccine, visit coronavirus.delaware.gov/vaccine/where-can-i-get-my-vaccine/ or call 1-833-643-1715.

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility for Johnson and Johnson second dose, third and booster doses of Moderna and Pfizer, and age-based eligibility for vaccination are all subject to change prior to the event. More information on COVID-19 vaccine doses is available through the Delaware Division of Health.

View event flyer or email Christina.Haas@Delaware.gov  for a full-size flyer.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Media availability will be at 3PM. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Christina.Haas@Delaware.gov.


2021 Lt. Governor’s Challenge Winners Announced

 

Behavioral health, emotional well-being, and healthy food initiatives are among the list of unique programs being awarded at the October 20 virtual event.

October 12, 2021, Dover, DE — The 2021 Lt. Governor’s Wellness Leadership Challenge has announced seven recipients of this year’s prestigious award. The mission of the annual Lt. Governor’s Challenge is to recognize local health and wellness programs, policies, or environmental changes that help improve the quality of life of Delawareans. The winning submissions came from individuals, organizations, and institutions across Delaware who made a commitment to enacting better health and wellness for their communities, ultimately helping to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity of the State of Delaware.

“The record number and quality of entries went above and beyond expectation, especially during the pandemic.” Said Delaware Lt. Governor, Dr. Bethany Hall-Long. “All applicants clearly impact families, neighborhoods, workplaces, communities, and/or schools with real physical and mental health policy or system changes. Thank you to all entrants who shared their health and wellness ideas and best practices.”

The Winners of the 2021 Lt Governor’s Challenge, listed in alphabetic order:

  • Brandywine Counseling & Community Services: deployed a communication, wellness, and mindfulness program to keep employees connected and affirm the health and emotional wellbeing of the BCCS team.
  • Delaware Libraries: provided telehealth support services by distributing hundreds of laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots as well as assisting with tech issues, scheduling, and directing patrons to resources to increase access to remote health and human services.
  • Healthy Foods for Healthy Kids: created their school-garden program to educate students in gardening, soil composition, plant biology, and more, as well as improve eating habits in over 30 Delaware schools.
  • Hispanic American Association of Delaware: worked with neighborhood-based groups to provide educational health sessions, workouts, and guidance to local resources such as cancer screenings and mental health support to at-risk minority women.
  • Reach Riverside Development Corporation: deployed an employee mental well-being program that included workout sessions, recreational time, group counseling, and certified counselors being made available to employees.
  • Rose Simon: hosted health seminars and food drives; distributed school supplies and vaccines by bringing doctors and other experts to vulnerable communities.
  • Seaford School District Behavioral Health Team: deployed an integrated and coordinated mental/behavioral health program driven by Student Support Teams at each school.

Honorary Mention for Unique Programming related to COVID-19 awarded to:

  • Freeman Arts Pavilion
  • Adesis

Unique Programming designed to reach special populations:

  • Breaking Barriers

The Selection Process

All Challenge nominees completed an extensive application process with a requirement to feature an initiative that met the following criteria:

  • SUSTAINABILITY: The initiative should provide an ongoing opportunity for healthier living, instead of being a one-off activity.
  • REACH: The initiative should seek to demonstrate improvements in the capacity to address the health needs of a community or a target population.
  • OUTCOME/IMPACT: The initiative should demonstrate measured improvements in access and/or increased opportunities for improving behavioral and physical health in the state. Impartial judges from the Division of Public Health, nonprofits, community leaders, and educators collaborated on selecting the winners.

Making a Difference in Delaware

By engaging businesses, local organizations, and individuals to be change-makers for health in their communities, the Lt. Governor’s Challenge spotlights and applauds those implementing solutions to create environments that support and sustain overall good health in the state.

The group of seven award recipients will be recognized for their achievements by the Lt. Governor at a live virtual event on October 20, 2021. Participation invitations will be sent directly to each honoree for them to share with their respective teams, friends, and family. For more on the Lt. Governor’s Challenge, visit the website @ www.ltgovernorschallenge.org.

 

Contact: Laura Wisniewski, Communications Director

Phone: 302-377-8313

Email: laura.wisniewski@delaware.gov

 


Lt. Gov Hall-Long Roundtable Discussion July 13, 2:00pm

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long, a nurse and professor of nursing, will be joined by Patrick and Amy Kennedy to lead a discussion around behavioral health initiatives and the expansion of social emotional learning for students in Delaware. Through their work with the Kennedy Forum, Patrick and Amy help advocate for increased investment, at the federal, community and state level, in mental health supports and services for young people from elementary school through college.