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Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19)

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Coronavirus Returning Traveler Guidance (English)

Coronavirus Returning Traveler Guidance (Spanish)

Coronavirus Returning Traveler Guidance (Haitian Creole)

Coronavirus Returning Traveler Guidance (Mandarin)

Link to Simplified Chinese Translation (Preventing the Spread to Homes and Communities)

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Risk, Prevention, etc.)

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Spanish Translation)

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Haitian Creole Translation)

Information About 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Mandarin Translation)

DPH Statement for Child Care Facilities

DPH Statement for Colleges and Universities

DPH Statement for Schools

Resources for medical providers

If you are a health professional evaluating a patient for suspected 2019 novel coronavirus (2019–nCoV) infection, please contact the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at 1-888-295-5156.

DPH Monitoring of Returning Travelers From China (Medical Provider Guidance) 2.6.2020

Flowchart to Identify and Assess 2019 Novel Coronavirus

DPH Information for Medical Providers on Coronavirus (1.31.2020)

CDC HAN for medical providers (DPH issued 2.3.2020)

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019–nCoV) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread. However, a growing number of patients reportedly have not had exposure to animal markets, indicating person-to-person spread is occurring. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably this virus is spreading between people.

Currently the risk to the general public is low. Those with recent travel to China, or contact with someone who has recent travel and is ill, have a greater risk for becoming ill. At this time, there are a small number of individual cases in the U.S. To minimize the risk of spread, Delaware health officials are working with health care providers to promptly identify and evaluate any suspected cases.

The latest situation summary updates are available on CDC's web page 2019 Novel Coronavirus, Wuhan, China.

  • No cases have been confirmed in Delaware at this time.
  • 2019–nCoV is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. 2019–nCoV 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.


For confirmed 2019–nCoV infections, reported illnesses have ranged from infected people with little to no symptoms (similar to the common cold) to people being severely ill and dying. Symptoms can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

*If you have recently returned from travel to China and have developed symptoms such as the above, call ahead to your health care provider to discuss your concerns and next steps. CDC believes at this time that symptoms of 2019–nCoV may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure. This is based on what has been seen previously as the incubation period of MERS viruses. There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019–nCoV infection. People infected with 2019–nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

What Delawareans can do

  • Anyone who recently traveled to China, who experiences fever, cough, or other acute illness should contact a health care provider as soon as possible and mention your recent travel. Please call ahead and inform the health care provider about your travel history.
  • The U.S. Department of State issued a travel advisory on January 31, 2020 advising U.S. citizens not to travel to China due to the ongoing situation involving the 2019 novel coronavirus. Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice, and commercial carriers have reduced or suspended routes to and from China.
  • It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks. Take steps to avoid spreading germs from any respiratory diseases by:
    • Get your flu vaccine if you have not already done so.
    • Covering your cough.
    • Staying home if you are sick.
    • Washing your hands.

What DPH is doing

  • We are in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as other local and national partners to share information.
  • We have sent information to health care providers around the state with current recommendations for screening and testing for 2019–nCoV, as well as to EMS providers regarding proper protection procedures.
  • We are holding frequent calls with staff to remain apprised of the latest updates.
  • Sharing messaging with partners and the public as it becomes available.
  • This is an evolving situation, so information and recommendations are likely to change. We will continue to learn more in the coming days and share new information as it is available.

More Information for Health Professionals

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