This page is being updated, please bear with us as we update the site. Please check the Governor's latest State of Emergency, which went into effect on May 21, 2021 at 8am, for more information on mask wearing, and social distancing.
Face Coverings in Health Care Facilities
Face coverings continue to be required for patients, staff and visitors in health care facilities including, but not limited to, hospitals, medical clinics and offices, special care facilities, medical laboratories, dentists, pharmacies, blood banks and blood drives, or facilities providing veterinary care and similar healthcare services for animals under Governor Carney’s 29th Modification to the State of Emergency.
Reporting Requirements For Medical Providers and Their Laboratories of COVID-19 Test Results
The Department of Health and Social Service’s March 10, 2020 order requiring all labs to immediately report all tests and all results to the Division of Public Health (DPH) remains in effect. All COVID results, positive AND negative are reportable. More information about requirements, penalties for failure to comply, and where to submit questions can be found here. For a list of currently compliant labs reporting to DPH, click here.
Testing, Rapid and Antigen Testing Guidance
Here is the latest approved guidance on testing, including information for medical providers and patient instructions for post-testing isolation, surveillance, and return to work.
- Guidance for Evaluating and Testing Persons for COVID-19
- Rapid Testing Protocol and Guidance for Providers (August 17, 2020)
- Rapid Test Guidance Brochure
- Rapid Antigen Testing Protocols (12.9.20)
- Rapid PCR Testing For Psychiatric Hospitals
Patient Education Materials
- COVID-19 Patient Instructions After Testing
- COVID-19 Patient Instructions After Testing
- Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants
- Return to Work Guidance after COVID Isolation/Quarantine (Health care setting)
- Return to Work Guidance after COVID Isolation/Quarantine (Non-health care setting)
- DPH COVID-19 Dental Emergency Service Guidelines (5/10/2020)
- Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions and Disposition of Patients with COVID-19 to Long-Term Care or Assisted Living Facilities (Updated August 5, 2020)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Training Module For Health Care Providers
Essential Services Screenings
To help protect the public against the spread of COVID-19, Governor John Carney and Delaware Division of Public Health Director Karyl T. Rattay, MD, MS, are requiring high-risk essential businesses, and strongly recommending that all employers, screen employees each day before work using the below Policy. Health care facilities are considered high-risk essential businesses.
- Essential Services Screening Policy (April 27, 2021)
- Flyer for Essential Businesses to Post at entrance (April 1, 2020)
- Flyer for Essential Businesses to Post at Entrance SPANISH (April 1, 2020)
All medical personnel — including out-of-state, retired, or inactive — who wish to volunteer to assist Delaware’s response to COVID-19 should sign up through the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC). Go to the ServDE link – which is the State’s emergency response database-and create a profile. You will be contacted by a DMRC representative. Providing complete contact and license information will expedite verifying your credentials. Questions can be directed to email@example.com.
Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Health Alert Notifications (HAN) Guidance on Coronavirus:
Included in the Emergency Declaration from DEMA and DPH:
- Nurses, doctors, mental health care providers, pharmacists and other health care professionals who have active licenses or certificates of good standing in any U.S. jurisdiction are authorized to provide in-person health care services in Delaware throughout the emergency, as well as telemedicine services.
- Delaware health care professionals whose licenses expired in the last five years are authorized to provide health care services in Delaware, assuming their licenses were in good standing for the five-year period.
SARS-CoV-2 is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. It had some link to a large seafood and live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. Later, a growing number of patients reportedly did not have exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread. Person-to-person spread was subsequently reported outside Hubei and in countries outside China, including in the United States. International destinations now have ongoing community spread with the virus that causes COVID-19, as do parts of the United States. Community spread means some people have been infected and it is not known how or where they became exposed. Learn what is known about the spread of this newly emerged coronaviruses.
- Coronavirus disease 2019 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. SARS-CoV-2 is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in 2012. However, it is in the same family of viruses.
- Because this is a new virus, there are still things we do not know, such as how severe the illness can be, how well it is transmitted between people, and other features of the virus. More information will be provided when it is available.
More Information for Health Professionals
- Includes interim guidance from CDC for health care professionals on human infections with 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
What Delawareans Can Do
Get vaccinated, wear a mask when required, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick.
Visit the Community Resources Page for assistance
Get More COVID Data
For more data on Delaware COVID cases, testing and outcomes, including demographic breakdowns, go to My Healthy Community