WILMINGTON (DE) 02/04/21: Delaware Governor John Carney is now requiring Delaware vaccination providers to report complete demographic information within 24 hours of administering a vaccine.
Delaware officials have administered over 117,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and it could very well be the reason we are seeing a downward trend in daily cases.
Data from the Delaware Division of Health shows that the seven day average on Thursday, Jan. 28, was 22.1%, a decrease from 23.9% as of Thursday, Jan. 21. The data also suggests that on Thursday, Feb. 4, the seven day average was 20.8%, a decrease from 22.1% as of Thursday, Jan. 28.
“We are administering more vaccines each day, and we continue to see improvement in our COVID-19 case rates and hospitalizations statewide. That’s good news, but it’s no reason to let our guard down,” said Governor Carney
COVID-19 isn’t letting up on Delawarean’s quite yet. We’re still seeing new daily cases but at the same time we’re also seeing a decrease in hospitalizations. According to the Division of Health, 290 individuals are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Delaware, which is a decrease of 30 as of this time last week. Forty of the hospitalized persons are critically ill, down 6 from last week.
As Delaware sees some improvements, Governor John Carney on Thursday issued the Sixth Modification to his Omnibus State of Emergency Declaration, easing COVID-19 occupancy restrictions and requiring Delaware vaccination providers to report complete demographic information within 24 hours of administering a vaccine to the Delaware Immunization Information System (DelVAX).
The Governor’s sixth modification also requires health care providers, pharmacies and other entities that provide vaccinations to offer the shots free of charge, though insurance information may be collected. Enrolled vaccination providers must follow eligibility criteria in Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program, as defined by the Division of Public Health (DPH). Failure to comply with data reporting requirements in Thursday’s order may result in fines for providers, and reductions in vaccine allocation.
“We need to make sure we’re distributing the vaccine equitably across our state. That is a priority. And we need to limit community spread of this virus. We know what works. Until we can vaccinate enough Delawareans, continue to wear a mask. Avoid gatherings. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Let’s stay vigilant.,” Carney added.
Starting Friday, February 12, occupancy inside restaurants, retail locations, gyms, houses of worship, arts venues, and other business locations must not exceed 50 percent of stated fire capacity. Businesses must continue to follow social distancing and other COVID-19 restrictions issued by local and state governments.
Governor Carney’s modification also allows youth and amateur sports tournaments to resume with a plan approved by the Division of Public Health (DPH). Delawareans who travel out of state for sports tournaments and competitions are strongly encouraged, though no longer required, to self-quarantine in accordance with DPH guidance.
Additionally, Thursday’s modification extends consumer and voting protections during the COVID-19 crisis.
Also on Thursday, February 4, this modification strengthens a previous prohibition on price gouging. It also allows Delawareans to cast absentee ballots in 2021 municipal elections due to COVID-19.
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