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University of Delaware agrees to settle class-action suit over COVID campus shutdown

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The University of Delaware has agreed to pay $6.3 million to settle a lawsuit over its campus shutdown and the halting of in-person classes amid the coronavirus pandemic. Court papers filed this month indicate that some 21,000 current and former students who paid tuition in the spring 2020 semester could receive cash reimbursements. In settling the case, the university continues to deny any wrongdoing. The settlement […]

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University facing class-action over COVID campus lockdown

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the University of Delaware over its campus shutdown and halting of in-person classes because of coronavirus can proceed as a class action on behalf of thousands of students who were enrolled and paid tuition in spring 2020. The ruling notes that more than 17,000 undergraduates were enrolled at the time, and the university collected more than $160 […]

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Delaware Gov. John Carney tests positive for COVID-19

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney has tested positive for COVID-19, the governor's office announced on Saturday. Carney tested positive late Friday using an at-home antigen test after experiencing mild symptoms, according to a news release.  Carney, 66, said he's "feeling fine" and is isolating himself — following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines — and will work from home. This marks Carney's second publicly announced […]

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Ringo Starr tour on hold as he recovers from COVID-19

NEW YORK (AP) — Ringo Starr has tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the former Beatle to cancel several scheduled concerts in Canada with his All Starr Band. Five concert dates from Tuesday to Sunday — in Winnipeg, Manitoba; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Lethbridge, Alberta; and the British Columbia cities of Abbotsford and Penticton — will be rescheduled. Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band — consisting of Toto's Steve Lukather, Men at […]

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CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's top public health agency is relaxing its COVID-19 guidelines and dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said Thursday that people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others. The changes come more than 2 1/2 years after the start of the […]

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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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