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City of Wilmington suspends water disconnections and Sheriff Sale filings in response to COVID-19

Mayor Mike Purzycki announced a State of Emergency in the City of Wilmington Friday — following similar moves by Gov. John Carney and President Trump. 

Wilmington is among the municipalities in Delaware responding to COVID-19 after the disease was detected in the state.

The City is suspending water disconnections indefinitely and delaying the filing of Sheriff Sale monitions until further notice. Purzycki said in a statement these actions are meant to help those experiencing “extra financial burdens” in what he called “these uncertain economic times.”

The Mayor is also suspending all public programming at the Hicks Community Center until further notice. 

The executive order Mayor Mike Purzycki signed Friday directs the cancellation of public gatherings of more than 100 people, citing CDC guidance for people in high-risk groups and evidence of COVID-19 in Delaware. 

Purzycki asked citizens to “take care of each other and be mindful of their own actions.” 

Wilmington City Council has also closed its meetings to the public in an effort to encourage social distancing and reduce spread of the virus. 

Citizens will be able to watch committee and council meetings on Comcast Channel WITN 22 — and leave comments online


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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