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Gov. Carney delays Delaware's move to Phase 3

State of Delaware

Gov. John Carney says Delaware will wait a little longer before moving to Phase 3 of its reopening plan.  




States including North Carolina and Texas have made similar decisions this week.


Delaware started Phase 2 nearly two weeks ago on June 15th, and Carney says many expected Phase 3 to start Monday


But Carney said in a statement Thursday that Phase 3 is on hold.  He plans to make a call on moving to Phase 3 early next week, but he first wants to “get a better handle on what’s going on in Delaware and around the country.”


Some other states are seeing a spike in cases.  Delaware is not.  Its five-day average of new positive cases remains relatively flat, hovering around the mid 50s.  


But hospitalizations have gone up three of the last four days, and the five-day average for the percentage of people testing positive is now on a slightly upward trend.  Ninety-three people are now hospitalized for the virus and the percent of people testing positive is above four. 


Carney notes the state held a COVID-19 testing event in Rehoboth Beach Thursday and the results should offer a picture of the infection rates in Delaware’s coastal communities. He says that data—and how well people are complying with mask-wearing and social distancing—will inform his decision on when to move to Phase 3.

State officials announced 91 new virus cases Thursday – pushing Delaware’s total to 10,980 since March 11th. It also announced two additional deaths, lifting the death toll to 507.

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.