LAUREL, Of the. – The Delaware Division of Public Health or DPH is seeking public input on people’s concerns during the pandemic. Surveys will be in the mail soon. If people participate, they will receive a $30 gift card.
DPH will conduct these surveys in all three Delaware counties beginning with Kent. Community members we spoke to say they are eager to explain their concerns during the pandemic.
Stacy Lane lives in Laurel and works at the public library where they distribute masks. Lane says the state’s timing on these investigations is perfect with rising numbers.
“I think it’s a great idea because anything that can take the fear out of the community and just see what they need and be able to help that, I think, really helps. I really hope that “They’ll work quickly and use their resources to the best they can,” Lane says.
Donald Joseph says he knows many people who have been impacted by the pandemic. He’s glad DPH is ready to listen.
“There are people who have been laid off because of the pandemic and there are people who desperately need help with their health. They need appointments with doctors and everything. I hope that they actually do the work they say they are going to do because a lot of people desperately need this service,” says Joseph.
Jennifer Horney, who works with the program at the University of Delaware, says the survey is part of the community health assessment the state conducts every few years.
Survey mailings in Kent County began this week. New Castle County is the week of February 7. Sussex County is the week of February 21.
The solicitation begins in Kent County on February 25. New Castle County is March 11. Sussex County is March 25.