Most Delaware hospitals implement emergency rules

Editor’s note: This story has updated the number of current hospitalizations, following newly corrected information from the Division of Public Health.

Citing the “unprecedented strain” from the latest COVID-19 surge, a majority of Delaware hospitals are implementing emergency rules to cope with the surge of COVID-19 patients.

ChristianaCare, Bayhealth, TidalHealth Nanticoke and Saint Francis announced in a joint statement on Monday that they all will be implementing the rules, called Crisis Standards of Care.

This will allow the hospitals to redeploy clinical and non-clinical staff, adjust staffing ratios and change how treatment resources are distributed, according to a news release.

ChristianaCare, the largest health system in Delaware, was the first hospital to make this announcement. 

The rules are implemented only during emergencies. Hospitals across the country have made similar decisions due to the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations.