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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.

TreatmentDelaysCOVID19_Final_4-13-2020-1.pdf

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
Newark, Delaware


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


Coronavirus: what cancer patients need to know shared by the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) from Fredhutch.org

What cancer patients, their families, and caregivers need to know about COVID-19 by the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Breast Cancer Need to Know by Breastcancer.org

Local Cancer and Hospital Facility Updates In Alphabetical Order:

Bayhealth COVID-19 Information

Beebe Healthcare Preparedness and Visitor Information

ChristianaCare visitor and other information.

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute

Highmark Delaware Coronavirus: here’s what you need to know right now

Jefferson Health Information

Nanticoke Allen Cancer Center Cancer Care and Medical Oncology

Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Enhanced Patient Safety Visitation Policy

Penn Medicine COVID-19 Information for Penn Medicine Patients

Trinity Health Mid-Atlantic | St. Francis Healthcare COVID-19 Information

Union Hospital Coronavirus Information

Resources provided by Living Beyond Breast Cancer

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
• Will also respond to questions sent to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
• Visit de.gov/coronavirus for more information.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TRACKER- State of Delaware

https://myhealthycommunity.dhss.delaware.gov/locations/state

Information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

View the list of essential and non-essential businesses as of 3/23/20 here.

FOOD, SHELTER, SUPPLIES


Delaware211.org

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…
Dial 1-800-560-3372
Text your Zip Code to 898-211. We can help.

Local News and Resources for the public:


Delaware Business Now - Carney sets June 2 primary election date, suspends residential foreclosures and evictions.

Delaware Humane Society COVID-19 Pet Assistance

Governor Carney and DSHA Announce Housing Assistance Program

Census Survey 2020

CVS Prescription Delivery Available

PressRls.COVID_19_EIP_Statement_.pdf

Food Bank of Delaware

Student Loan Forbearance; 
https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/7-kinds-of-covid-19-relief-for-college-students-2020-04-03

https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/what-the-covid-19-stimulus-does-for-your-student-loans/

Stimulus Check Calculator:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/03/26/stimulus-checks-how-much-money-get-government/2921123001/

Don’t get scammed!
https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/info-2020/stimulus-checks-scams.html

Relief on Auto Insurance:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/04/07/allstate-american-family-insurance-coronavirus-covid-19-premiums/2959870001/

Credit Card, Utilities, Phone and additional financial relief from creditors:
https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/covid-19-resource/

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

Rules for Reopening Delaware.

Delmarva Power Extends Pandemic Customer Bill and Service Support Programs Until at Least July 1 De

Face Covering Recommendations and Resources:


Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission


Delawareans Urged to Wear Facemasks

Guidance for Face Coverings
051220_DPL_NR_Cust_Support_Ext_July_FINAL.PDF

Charitable Contribution Information

https://www.councilofnonprofits.org/trends-policy-issues/initial-analysis-of-the-coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-cares

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