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New FDA chief can’t come soon enough for beleaguered agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of the leading agencies in the government's fight against COVID-19 is finally on the verge of getting a new commissioner. After nearly nine months of searching, President Joe Biden says he's close to naming his choice to lead the Food and Drug Administration, which oversees vaccines, drugs and tests. Former FDA officials and other experts say the decision cannot come soon enough for the agency's beleaguered […]

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Dover Speedway offering laps to people who get vaccinated

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dover International Speedway is offering the chance to drive around its “Monster Mile” to people who get vaccinated against COVID-19 at the racetrack later this month. Events will be held on Oct. 16 and 17. Up to 800 drivers and their passengers will be able to take two laps around the track in their own vehicles behind a pace car. Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson […]

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DE Gov. Carney: Teachers must get vaccinated, get weekly testing

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has announced that all teachers and school staff in Delaware will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. Carney announced the new requirement today. It will be formally issued by emergency regulation and takes effect Nov. 1. The requirement also applies to contractors and volunteers who work in K-12 public and private schools. Carney says the top priority […]

today09/28/2021 4

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Music festival requires vaccine or negative COVID-19 test

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Attendees of an annual music festival in Delaware will need to show proof they've been fully vaccinated or a negative COVID-19 test. The Firefly Music Festival will feature headliner Billie Eilish and Lizzo. It is begin Thursday at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, and will run through Sunday. The Delaware State News reports that state health officials hope the prevention measures put in place will […]

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Maryland OKs boosters for 65 and older in congregate care

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — the State of Maryland is authorizing COVID-19 booster shots for all residents 65 and older who live in congregate care settings. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday that nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, residential drug treatment centers and developmentally disabled group homes can now administer booster shots to residents 65 and older. The state’s health department is issuing new guidance for vaccine providers to administer boosters without any […]

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Delaware National Guard to help run mobile vaccine units

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State health officials and the Delaware National Guard are partnering to run mobile vaccination units across the state this week. Delaware State News reports medically trained national guard staff will provide the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and up and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for adults. The Delaware Division of Public Health said in a news release that the mobile units would be visiting communities […]

today08/30/2021 8

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University of Delaware students can pursue claims over campus shutdown

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that current and former students of the University of Delaware can pursue claims that the school breached contractual obligations and unjustly enriched itself by halting in-person classes and shutting down the campus last spring because of the coronavirus epidemic. The judge ruled Friday that the students have plausibly alleged that the school promised them in-person classes, activities and services. He noted […]

today08/23/2021 16

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Delaware governor orders masks in public and private schools

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney is imposing a mask mandate for all public and private school students and staff in Delaware effective Monday, August 16th. The indoor mask mandate announced Tuesday applies to everyone kindergarten age or older, regardless of vaccination status. The mandate also extends to child care homes and centers for everyone kindergarten age and older. Carney says state employees and visitors to Delaware government […]

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Protesters pan vaccine mandate by largest Delaware hospital

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Hundreds of people met outside a Delaware hospital to protest ChristianaCare’s decision to require employees to get COVID-19 vaccines or be dismissed. More than 300 gathered at Christiana Hospital on Saturday to protest the mandate. All employees must receive the first dose of the vaccine by Sept. 21. ChristianaCare is the state’s largest health care system and largest private employer. Protestors say there isn’t enough information […]

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