Governor John Carney held a press conference Thursday afternoon where he issued a State of Emergency for Delaware in response to the surge of COVID-19 cases.
The State of Emergency, which will be formally issued and take effect Monday, will enable 100 service members of Delaware’s National Guard to work as certified nursing assistants (CNAs) in skilled nursing facilities to care for patients currently in Delaware hospitals.
“Members of our Guard and frontline health care workers continue to step up time and time again. We need all Delawareans and Delaware businesses to step up and help us get through this winter surge,” Governor Carney said. “At the State level, we are focused on reducing the strain on our hospitals this winter, and getting even more Delawareans vaccinated. I especially want to thank all of Delaware’s health care workers who continue to work on the front lines of this crisis. The best thing we can do to support them is to remain vigilant – and do what works. After two years of this pandemic, we all know what to do. Mask up in public places to protect yourself and vulnerable family members. Get your vaccine. And get a booster if you’re eligible. That’s the best way to prevent serious illness and hospitalization.”
Governor Carney and the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) also formally extended the Public Health Emergency order another 30 days to allow the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs.