Gov. Carney calls out sick for State of the State as Delaware sees an uptick in flu and COVID

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Delaware Gov. John Carney was supposed to deliver the final State of the State Address of his administration Thursday afternoon, but his office sent word early today that he was postponing the speech because he’s sick.

“The Governor has a fever and mild symptoms, but is in good spirits,” their statement said.

While it’s not clear exactly what exact symptoms Carney is suffering, he’s not alone.

State health officials say there’s been a noticeable uptick in respiratory illness cases. Health officials and providers are carefully taking action to address and manage the growing health concerns.

At Beebe Healthcare in southern Delaware, infectious disease physician Bill Chasanov said they’ve seen an increase in respiratory illnesses observed across their hospitals and wellness centers.

“What we have noticed over the past couple months is that we have had an increase in the number of visits for respiratory illnesses that include the flu, that includes COVID, that includes RSV,” he said. “And then others are the respiratory viruses that we expect to see during what we call respiratory season for this time of the year.”

  • January 18, 2024
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