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Delaware governor isolating after positive COVID-19 test

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing mild symptoms. Carney, who turns 66 on Friday, has received the coronavirus vaccine and two booster shots. Carney’s office said in a news release Monday night that he tested positive through an at-home antigen test and is isolating per CDC guidelines. Carney says he is feeling well and will continue to […]

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Cheers and fears as US ends mask mandates for travel

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes but also concern about whether it's really time to end the order sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The major airlines and many of the busiest airports rushed to drop their requirements on Monday after a Florida judge struck down the CDC mandate and the Transportation Security Administration […]

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Delaware DPH launches text alerts for COVID-positive people

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Delaware Division of Public Health has launched a text messaging initiative to let people know when they've tested positive for COVID-19. The division said Friday that virus-positive individuals will get a text and be provided with initial isolation recommendations online before receiving a call from the division's Contact Tracing Team. A pilot program to test the service on a small number of people started on […]

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Delaware paramedic gets probation for fake vaccine cards

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A Delaware paramedic has been sentenced to six months of probation for making and selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards. The News Journal reports that David Hodges pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor on Monday. The judge also ordered him to pay a $1,300 fine, which is equivalent to what federal prosecutors said were his proceeds from the scheme. Charging documents say that Hodges came up with the […]

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Delaware ending state of emergency, mask mandates

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Governor John Carney is terminating a state of emergency he declared because of the coronavirus and ending mask requirements for Delaware schools. Carney’s office says vaccine or testing requirements will expire for teachers and state employees at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The state of emergency and school mask requirement will end at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  Officials also said mask mandates for all Delaware court facilities and […]

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Queen Elizabeth II tests positive for COVID; mild symptoms

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace says Queen Elizabeth II has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms. The palace said Sunday the 95-year-old British monarch, who has received three vaccine shots, will continue with light duties and follow all medical guidelines. An infectious disease expert said the queen would likely be given one of several antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19. Both her eldest son Prince Charles and […]

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Feds: Group got millions in pandemic unemployment fraud

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have made arrests from New York to Delaware to California as they rounded up 10 men accused of fraudulently reaping more than $4 million in unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic. The Brooklyn U.S. attorney's office says the 10 and others used more than 800 other people's identities to file claims in New York. Eight were arrested in New York City, one in Delaware and […]

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Delaware governor rescinds universal indoor mask mandate

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney is rescinding an order he imposed a month ago requiring Delawareans to wear masks in indoor business settings. Carney said Monday that the universal mask mandate will expire at 8 a.m. Friday. But he temporarily extended the mask requirement in public and private K-12 schools and child care facilities to March 31. Administration officials say the temporary extension will give parents time […]

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Gov. Carney mandates masks in indoor settings in DE

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic Gov. John Carney is ordering Delawareans to wear masks in indoor business settings and extending a mask requirement for schools and child care facilities. Carney on Monday signed a revision to a previously issued State of Emergency declaration that will requiring Delawareans to wear masks in grocery stores, convenience stores, gyms, restaurants, malls and other indoor settings. The mandate took effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday.  […]

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