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Evaluating a Patient?

If you are a health professional evaluating a patient for suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection, please contact the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 1-888-295-51561-888-295-5156. Governor Carney declared a Public Health Emergency on March 23, 2020.

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.

List of High Risk Essential Businesses (March 30, 2020)
Essential Services Screening Policy (March 30, 2020)
Flyer for Essential Businesses to Post at entrance (April 1, 2020)
• Flyer for Essential Businesses to Post at Entrance SPANISH (April 1, 2020)

Medical Volunteers

 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 dmrc@delaware.gov.

Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Health Alert Notifications (HAN) Guidance on Coronavirus:

See all Delaware Division of Public Health Health Alert Notifications.


Public Health Emergency Declared on March 23, 2020

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

Visit the CDC’s Coronavirus Website for Medical Providers

  • Includes interim guidance from CDC for health care professionals on human infections with 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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