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Delaware reports first coronavirus-related child death

DOVER, Del. (AP) — State officials are reporting the first COVID-19-related death of a child in Delaware. Officials said Friday that the death involved a child under the age of 5 who had a significant number of other health problems. Also Friday, Democratic Gov. John Carney lifted a 10 p.m. curfew on restaurants and bars. Those establishments must still require patrons to wear masks and allow only those from the […]



DE lawmakers want committee to probe prisons’ virus response

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A group of lawmakers in Delaware want a special committee to investigate how the state's Department of Correction has handled the COVID-19 pandemic. The News Journal reported Wednesday that state legislators will introduce a resolution to create the committee and have it make recommendations regarding prison healthcare. A separate bill is aimed at allowing some prisoners early release. Delaware's prisons have seen more than 1,750 prisoners […]



Delaware officials urge schools to resume hybrid learning

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware Gov. John Carney is urging school officials to resume hybrid instruction mixing both remote and in-person learning next week. Tuesday's recommendation comes a month after Carney recommended that classroom instruction be paused because of the coronavirus. Administration officials said in an open letter to school leaders, teachers and parents that they have spent the past four weeks helping schools try to address the operational challenges […]



No business has been fined under no-tolerance COVID policy

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Zero businesses in Delaware have received fines in the weeks since the Delaware Division of Public Health announced a zero-tolerance enforcement policy for COVID-19 restrictions. The Delaware State News reported Monday that the zero-tolerance policy took effect Dec. 14. It calls for an immediate fine for a first violation of COVID restrictions. Businesses are subject to closure for a second violation, pending a reopening plan for […]



DE officials say poultry plants are prepared for a winter surge

Delaware's poultry processing plants and state health officials say they are well-prepared for a winter surge of coronavirus cases. Dr. Rick Pescatore is the Delaware Division of Public Health's chief physician. He told the Daily Times of Salisbury that the implementation of best practices is mostly complete. The Daily Times reported Monday that DPH has cultivated a close relationship with the plants as they rolled out coronavirus testing for employees […]



Officer who was shot while catching fugitive returns home

MILFORD, Del. (AP) — A police officer in Delaware who was struck by a barrage of bullets while trying to catch a fugitive has returned home from a rehabilitation center. The News Journal reports that Milford Sr. Cpl. T.J. Webb was escorted home Wednesday from a Dover rehabilitation center by his fellow officers. Milford police say that Webb's condition continues to improve. He was shot multiple times on Dec. 10 […]



State’s next vaccine phase to include people 65 and older

DOVER, Del. (AP) — People who are 65 years old or older will become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in Delaware when the state rolls out its next phase for immunization. The Delaware State News reports the state is currently in Phase 1A. Vaccinations are being provided to health workers who have direct contact with ill patients and residents of long-term care facilities. State health officials say Phase 1B will […]



Feds sue Delaware over environmental cleanup at state park

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has filed a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars from the state of Delaware for costs associated with cleaning up lead-contaminated material at Fort DuPont State Park. The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the federal government is owed some $3.8 million for cleaning up lead-contaminated material more than five years ago from a former dump site at the park. The Fort DuPont property […]



DE virus hospitalizations reach 400 as vaccine is distributed

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The number of people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 in Delaware has risen to 400 for the first time. The Delaware State News reported Wednesday that the number was reached after hospitalizations went up by 24. The Delaware Division of Public Health said that 54 of the people who are hospitalized are considered to be critical cases. The state also announced seven new COVID-19-related deaths. The […]