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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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Walmart temporarily closes Delaware store as COVID-19 surges

CAMDEN, Del. (AP) — Walmart has temporarily closed its Camden store in central Delaware amid a winter surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The News Journal reports that the store closed at 2 p.m. Sunday and will reopen at 6 a.m. Tuesday. The closing will allow the store to be thoroughly cleaned, sanitized and restocked. It's part of a company-initiated program enacted in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases […]

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University of Delaware to start winter session online

NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Students at the University of Delaware will have to start the winter session virtually because for the spread of the coronavirus. The Delaware State News reports that the session starts on Monday. The university said in an email to students on Thursday that the majority of classes will be online for one week. However, the residence halls will still reopen on Sunday as scheduled. University officials […]

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Delaware State delays campus return as coronavirus surges

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware State University will delay the return of students to campus by two weeks because of the surge in coronavirus cases that's being driven by the omicron variant. The Delaware State News reports that classes will begin as planned on Jan. 10. But they will be held virtually for those two weeks. The school is also requiring all students to get a COVID-19 booster shot before […]

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Entertainment

Queen Elizabeth II to skip Christmas trip amid omicron surge

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has decided not to spend Christmas at the royal Sandringham estate in eastern England amid concerns about the fast-spreading omicron variant. The palace said Monday that the 95-year-old queen will spend the holidays at Windsor Castle, west of London, where she has stayed for most of the pandemic. Other members of the royal family are expected to visit over the Christmas period, with precautions […]

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Events

Maryland governor tests positive for coronavirus, feels fine

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says he's tested positive for the coronavirus, but is feeling fine at the moment. Hogan tweeted Monday morning that he received a positive rapid test as part of his regular testing routine. Hogan, a cancer survivor, says he's been vaccinated and has had a booster. Hogan urged people to get vaccinated or get booster shots as soon as possible as the virus's […]

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Events

Toll-free number launches in DE for homebound vaccine requests

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware health officials are launching a toll-free number to help homebound people request at-home coronavirus vaccines. The Department of Health and Social Services announced Tuesday that people who can’t get to vaccination locations because of disability, age or severe illness can call the toll-free number to be assessed and schedule a vaccination. Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long says “nothing is more important" than getting more people vaccinated […]

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Delaware saw highest new daily COVID-19 cases last week

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware saw the highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases since January last week. The News Journal of Wilmington reports that there were 776 new positive cases on Friday, reaching rates not seen since the beginning of the year. The number represents a sharp uptick from the 285 new positive cases that were reported four days earlier, on Nov. 29, according to state data. At the […]

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Kids allowed to visit inmates again after pandemic pause

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware correction officials say children can now visit inmates at correctional facilities for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Delaware Department of Correction announced Tuesday that in-person visits at all of its facilities have been expanded to include children and youth under 18. The department says it’s making the change as COVID-19 vaccination expands to include children and aggressive COVID-19 mitigation measures continue […]

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