Coronavirus Disease Crisis Resource List
Resources regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) crisis.
Below is a list of resource links and recommendations regarding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).
Recommendations for Cancer Patients:
From the President of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Fran Visco:
Please note that these recommendations are from the American Society of Breast Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, NAPBC, and NCCN. Joint recommendations.
Please see the attached PDF from the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) regarding Treatment Delays linked below.
This is a link to the American Society of Breast Surgeons’ draft recommendations for breast cancer during the pandemic. The document is under review and they hope to publish the full version this week.
In order to minimize community spread of the COVID-19 virus, we recommend that patients not go to the doctor for:
1. Routine surveillance visits
2. High-risk visits/Breast cancer Prevention Program
3. Return after concordant benign core biopsies or excisional biopsies.
4. 3-month routine visits after definitive surgery for DCIS or Cancer
Routine annual mammography may always be delayed for 2-3 months without risk. Until after this acute period has passed.
We do not anticipate disruptions for patients with breast cancer.
Semi-elective surgery for DCIS or atypia should probably be delayed, so as not to utilize hospital capacity that may be needed for patients with virus related problems and to reduce exposure.
We do not expect delays in beginning chemotherapy or radiation therapy for cancer.
At the Helen F Graham Cancer Center, we are taking extreme measures to reduce the risk of exposure of patients to individuals who may be infected with COVID-19.
Diana Dickson-Witmer, MD, FACS
Medical Director, Christiana Care Breast Center and Breast Program
Helen F Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute
The situation is evolving day by day, and sometimes hour by hour. At this time, I can offer the following insight to you:
-Anyone on active or recent chemotherapy is considered immuno-compromised, and thus at higher risk for serious infection from COVID-19.
-Those on anti-hormonal therapy alone (Tamoxifen, Femara, Arimidex, etc.), are generally NOT considered immuno-compromised.
-Options for modification/delay/interruption of active treatment should be considered on an individual basis, taking into account goals of care, indication for treatment, and tolerance to treatment, and I encourage all to discuss with their medical team.
-Some patients may be able to switch from IV to oral therapies, which would decrease the frequency of clinic visits.
-Prophylactic growth factors may be of value, to decrease the risk of potential COVID-19 complications.
-Patients should be informed regarding symptoms of COVID-19, and trained in proper handwashing, hygiene, and minimizing exposure to sick contacts and large crowds
-Please refer to the CDC website for further guidance and information.
Rishi Sawhney, MD
Oncology Medical Director, Bayhealth Cancer Institute
Resources Regarding Cancer Patients
Local Cancer and Hospital Facility Updates In Alphabetical Order:
Resources for General Information and State Updates:
Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) State Guidelines and Precautions
• DPH has opened a COVID-19 hotline for residents at 1-866-408-1899
• Visit de.gov/coronavirus for more information.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TRACKER- State of Delaware
View the list of essential and non-essential businesses as of 3/23/20 here.
FOOD, SHELTER, SUPPLIES
If you or someone you know has an immediate need such as food, shelter, or supplies - please contact the United Way of Delaware at their 211 emergency line.
Dial 2-1-1 or…
Text your Zip Code to 898-211. We can help.
Local News and Resources for the public:
Student Loan Forbearance;
Stimulus Check Calculator:
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Credit Card, Utilities, Phone and additional financial relief from creditors:
Phone and Internet
Phone and internet companies have a strong response to COVID-19 and many have signed up to the Keep Americans Connected pledge which has basic tenets such as no disconnections, free access to WiFi, and more.
Here is what some of them are doing:
1. Comcast - free access to WiFi hotspots for 60 days, unlimited data for customers, no late charges or disconnections, 60 days of free basic internet for all new customers
2. AT&T - suspended disconnections and late fees, free access to public WiFi hotspots, and unlimited data for customers
3. Verizon - waived late fees and suspended disconnections, free international calling to CDC level 3 countries, free activations and upgrades for a limited time
4. Charter Communications - suspend disconnections and waived late fees.
5. T-Mobile - free international calling, unlimited data, free hotspots, suspended disconnections
6. Sprint - free international calling to CDC level 3 countries, suspend disconnections, unlimited data and free hotspots
7. Atlantic Broadband - suspended disconnections and waived late fees
COVID-19 Outdoor Gathering Requirements Outdoor-Social-Gathering-Guidance__Published-05262020.pdf
Delmarva Power Extends Pandemic Customer Bill and Service Support Programs Until at Least July 1 De
Face Covering Recommendations and Resources:
Charitable Contribution Information
Charitable Giving Incentives:
$300 Above-the-Line Deduction (Must Take Standard Deduction)
• Creates a new above-the-line deduction (universal or non-itemizer deduction that applies to all taxpayers) for total charitable contributions of up to $300. The incentive applies to cash contributions made in 2020 and can be claimed on tax forms next year. Section 2204.
60% of AGI Limit Waived (Must Itemize)
• The law also lifts the existing cap on annual contributions for those who itemize, raising it from 60 percent of adjusted gross income to 100 percent. For corporations, the law raises the annual limit from 10 percent to 25 percent. Food donations from corporations would be available to 25 percent, up from the current 15 percent cap. Section 2205.
14 States that Won’t Tax Your Pension
Caring for Loved Ones
The National Council for Behavioral Health has compiled a list of resources to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health. See below or click here for more information.
• How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing
• How Do I Know Someone is Experiencing Anxiety or Depression?
• How to Help Someone with Anxiety or Depression During COVID-19
• How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19