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COVID-19 outbreak prompts Gov. Carney to declare state of emergency.

Delaware Public Media

Delaware is the latest state to declare a State of Emergency in reponse to tio the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

Gov. Carney announced the State of Emergency goes into effect at 8 a.m. Friday morning.

“We are taking this situation extremely seriously,” said Carney in a statement. “We have been expecting positive cases in Delaware, and for the last two months we have prepared our state’s response in close coordination with the experts at the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency. Today’s emergency declaration will make sure we have the authority and resources necessary to effectively prevent the spread of this virus."

The State of Emergency does not require schools or businesses to close or implement any driving restrictions.  And state office buildings remain open.

The order calls on  Delaware National Guard to take precautionary and responsive actions to assist with Delaware’s response to the novel coronavirus at the direction of Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) Director A.J Schall and in consultation with Department of Health and Social Serives (DHSS) Secretary Dr. Kara Odom Walker. These actions will be considered "with respect to facility closures, isolation and quarantine measures, including quarantine of individuals or groups of individuals and such other measures they deem necessary to protect the health and safety of the public."

The order also advises event organizers to cancel non-esstential public gatherings of 100 people or more and allows the state to hold public meetings electronically to avoid unneeded public gatherings

The order prohibits price gouging or an excessive price increase of goods or services during the outbreak.

Tom Byrne has been a fixture covering news in Delaware for three decades. He joined Delaware Public Media in 2010 as our first news director and has guided the news team ever since. When he's not covering the news, he can be found reading history or pursuing his love of all things athletic.
Joe brings over 20 years of experience in news and radio to Delaware Public Media and the All Things Considered host position. He joined DPM in November 2019 as a reporter and fill-in ATC host after six years as a reporter and anchor at commercial radio stations in New Castle and Sussex Counties.