September 27, 2021
COVID-19 is a communicable disease that must be reported to Public Health. As a courtesy, please inform your licensing specialist as well. To report new positive COVID-19 cases to the Division of Public Health (DPH), use DPH’s NEW online COVID reporting system. In addition to making a report, you may request a clearance letter, and request a call back from an epidemiologist. Alternatively, continue to submit the data collection form via Fax (302-223-1540) or Email email@example.com and indicate if you need a call back. If you have a question, please call 888-295- 5156 and leave only one message.
A global variance is granted to modify 35.A.2 (Center Regulations) and modify 56.A and 70.A (Family and Large Family Child Care Homes Regulations)
To prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the requirement for a “hands-on CPR skill demonstration” is temporarily suspended and is not required when CPR certification or recertification is due. This means that initial and expiring CPR certifications must be renewed as needed but the hands-on skill demonstration is not required at this time. CPR may be taken online, for example, without a hands-on skills demonstration and will be accepted as meeting the OCCL regulation until further guidance from OCCL is sent to child care providers. Certifications completed online during this period will be valid until the expiration date listed on the certification. If the certification of a child care provider or staff member has expired, he or she is required to be certified within one month of the certificate’s expiration.
Reminder: Child care providers shall recommend mask use by children ages 2 through pre-kindergarten. Child care providers shall require mask use by children in kindergarten through twelfth grade, plus all staff, family members, and visitors inside the child care facility, regardless of vaccination status.