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State officials are concerned about COVID-19 case numbers in the lower part of the state.


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Officials with Delaware's Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) say cleanup of an oil spill off of Broadkill Beach will likely take several days.


Bayhealth is planning a new facility in Sussex County offering emergency care. This comes after plans for an emergency care facility at the same site were scuttled last year.  

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The First State is streamlining the way drug prescribers access patient information. 


The state’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is now part of Delaware’s Electronic Health Record System.

Delaware residents now have more options to dispose of unwanted medications.

State officials are expanding the availability of permanent prescription drug drop boxes as overdose deaths in the First State continue to increase.

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The latest data shows Delaware’s childhood obesity rate is growing.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s annual State of Childhood Obesity report shows 16 percent of Delaware children ages 10 to 17 are obese.

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Health policy researchers at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia predict a second wave of COVID-19 nationwide. But they note transmission rates are growing slower in the northeast than in the middle of the country. 

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The First State continues to rank high nationally in the rate of cancer and resulting deaths. The latest Delaware data shows the rate of cancer and deaths from it continues to decline steadily, but at a slower rate than the nation as a whole. 

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Delaware State University has received a two-year exploratory grant to study COVID-19 in Delaware’s minority communities.


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The state saw a startling increase in cases and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 this week. 

A group of local projects is getting nearly $75,000 in funding for open space and resiliency from Delmarva Power.


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The Department of Correction is trying to keep the flu season from exacerbating the danger of infection in First State prisons.

An African American female teenager and her parents consult with a female Caucasian doctor.
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The Delaware Children's Department looks to expand its fledgling program connecting pediatric care providers with behavioral healthcare resources for children.

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This year’s flu season could be worse than usual with the coronavirus pandemic still circulating simultaneously. As coronavirus cases continue to rise in the U.S. and in Delaware, state officials argue it is now more important than ever to get a flu shot. 


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State officials are reporting another record nesting year for one of Delaware’s endangered seabirds.

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Milford is following in Dover’s footsteps and approving trick-or-treating for Halloween this year.

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A startup incubator in Delaware earns some federal support.

The Delaware Innovation Space was launched in 2017, partnering DuPont, the University of Delaware and the state to foster science-based startups in Delaware.

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Delaware is launching four Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) to serve Medicaid patients.

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Coronavirus numbers tick down in the First Statethis week, but remain "elevated" according to state health officials.

Gov. Carney recently earmarked $20 million to help fill broadband deserts throughout the First State. Part of that effort is now underway:

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The Delaware Office of Highway Safety is promoting National Child Passenger Safety Week this week.


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State health officials say Delaware is prepared to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once one gets federal approval.

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Two beach towns in Sussex County are getting more sand on their beaches as part of a Coastal Storm Risk Management Project.



Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) plans to bring more squirrels to the First State.

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is making it easier for those seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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The state reports a slow uptick in new coronavirus cases and seven additional related deaths this past week.

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Delaware released it’s new COVID-19 contact tracing app on Tuesday.

The state is leveraging technology to encourage social distancing.

The COVID Alert DE app is free to download and available to anyone 18 or older with Apple or Android phones who lives, works or attends college in Delaware.

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Starting Monday, state coronavirus testing sites will be fixed rather than mobile. 

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Expanded COVID-19 testing is coming to Delaware in the coming weeks.