Governor Carney signed Executive Order #39, creating a Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee (PRAC) to plan for a potentially dangerous resurgence of COVID-19 in fall 2020. Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long and Secretary of State Jeff Bullock co-chair the PRAC, which has three subcommittees: health, equity, and business.
Develop a healthcare system and public health strategy that’s ready in case of a resurgence of COVID-19;
Identify tactics and resources to manage a resurgence of COVID-19 including, but not limited to testing capabilities, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, economic recovery and health facility readiness; and
Assess methods to protect vulnerable populations and consider disproportionate effects on minority-owned businesses in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.
The PRAC was tasked with producing and submitting two written reports of its findings and recommendations to the Governor – the first on July 31, and the second on September 30.
Chair: Eugene Young, President, Metropolitan Urban League of Wilmington
Commissioner Claire DeMatteis, Delaware Department of Correction
Director Anas Ben Addi, Delaware State Housing Authority
Chief Information Officer James Collins, Delaware Department of Technology and Information
State Senator Elizabeth Lockman
State Representative Sherry Dorsey-Walker
Senator Gerald Hocker
State Representative Lyndon Yearick
Rev. Rita Paige, Pastor of New Beginnings Community AME Church
Freeman Williams, NAACP State Conference Executive Member and former Superintendent of the Christina School District
Lolita Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westside Family Healthcare
Van Hampton, President and Chief Executive Officer of True Access capital
Maria Matos, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Latin American Community Center
LeRoi S. Hicks, MD, MPH, FACP, Wilmington Hospital Hugh R. Sharp Jr. Chair, Department of Medicine Physician Leader, Value Institute Professor of Medicine, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University
Rosa Rivera, Chief Operations Officer of La Red Health Center
Jane Hovington, NAACP State Conference Executive Member and President of the Richard Allen Coalition
Dr. Josh Thomas, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of NAMI Delaware