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New COVID-19 related deaths in the First State fell back into the single digits Saturday.


State health officials reported 5 new deaths after 11 were added to the state’s death toll Friday.

A federal judge rejected a pastor request for a temporary restraining order to lift parts of Delaware’s COVID-10 restrictions on communities of worship.

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Delaware courts will start to reopen in June, but it will be a four phase process to get back to full operations.

That process is expected to begin the week of June 8th.


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Delaware begins Phase 1 of its reopening plan this Monday June 1. But even as many things start to come back to life, how they operate will be different.

That’s especially true for a number of traditional summer activities.

Last week, we offered a look at how summer camps are affected.  This week, we turn to another summer staple: community pools.

They are allowed to open, but with restrictions, and contributor Eileen Dallabrida this week spent some time surveying First State pools to see what their plans and expectations are.

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The coronavirus pandemic has put on hold many of those familiar senior year milestones: prom, recognition for their accomplishments, and a commencement ceremony with all of the familiar trappings.

Now, graduation plans at Delaware high schools are evolving after Governor John Carney recently updated the COVID-19 State of Emergency to allow outdoor gatherings of up to 250 people.

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The Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) - located along Pepper Creek in Dagsboro - opened to the public last September after several years of planning.


The 37-acre coastal garden was supposed to reopen for a new season in March, but did not because of the coronavirus crises.



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The coronavirus dramatically altered life for high schoolers in Delaware. 

Many are getting more sleep, trying out new hobbies or playing more video games. Others are struggling with online school, social isolation and persistent worries about the virus.

Delaware Public Media partners with McKean and Mount Pleasant High Schools in the Red Clay and Brandywine school districts to work with students in those schools when classes are in session in those buildings.

But with students all working remotely, Delaware Public Media’s youth media producer Sophia Schmidt tried something different - collecting audio journal entries from radio students at these schools over the past month.  The result is their pandemic experiences, in their own words. 

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Kent County residents with library materials they couldn’t return during the coronavirus pandemic can start doing so again.


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The state’s School Reopening Working Group - tasked with planning how to bring students safely back to school this fall - started its work after a week's delay.

Delaware’s legislative branch is back up and running again.  The State Senate voted 17-4 Wednesday to approve rules for working online for the rest of the session.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is increasing efforts to combat sexual harassment in housing during the coronavirus crisis.

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The Longwood Foundation is launching a new challenge grant to bolster the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund.

The new $500,000 challenge grant will give donors the opportunity to double the impact of their gift through August 31.  


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DART plans to return to full bus service next week with the exception of the seasonal Beach Bus services in the resort areas.


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Delaware saw its COVID-19 cases pass 9,000 total Tuesday.

State health officials reported 101 new cases, along with 3 new COVID-19 related deaths.

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Delaware’s is seeing a declining number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and and its percentage of people testing postivive is also dropping incrementally as it prepares to start Phase 1 of its formal reopening June 1.

And after saying Monday how was impressed he was with how well the Memorial Day weekend went at Delaware' beaches,Gov. John Carney Tuesday announced he is endng the ban on short-term rentals in the First State and the 14-day quarantine requirment for out-of-state visitors on June 1.

Carney is expected to discuss these and other recent developments in the state's COVID-19 response at his Tuesday press briefing.

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The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce works with about 850 businesses, representing about 36,000 individuals in Kent County.


And that work now includes helping many of those businesses reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Delaware reported 6 new COVID-19 related deaths Monday and 156 new cases.

The total number of deaths statewide is now 332.

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Delaware opened its beaches and boardwalks with restriction for rhe Memorial Day weekend.  

As the holiday weekend winds down, Gov. John Carney visited the beach area personally to get a look at how things are going.

He plans to update the nmedia on what he saw and other aspects of the state's COVID-19 response in a Memorial Day press briefing Monday afternoon in Lewes.

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Delaware’s COVID-19 numbers are seeing little movement over the Memorial Day weekend.

State health officials reported 2 new COVID-19 related deaths Sunday and 119 new cases. That's after adding 2 deaths and 161 cases Saturday.

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Gov. John Carney is making more changes to his emergency order as the state moves toward Phase 1 of its formal reopening plan.

Carney’s latest update includes new guidance for houses of worship and restaurants.

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Delaware reported 2 new COVID-19 related deaths Saturday and 161 new cases.

The total number of deaths statewide is now 324, with that number rising by single digits daily for a full week.

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Delaware is set to begin Phase 1 of its reopening plan on June.  In the interim, it’s is embarking on what Gov. John Carney calls a “rolling reopening” – a series of baby-steps that allow some segments of the state to ramp up even sooner.

The hope is to start getting the economy back up and running - and avoid long-term damage to it.

Contributor Jon Hurdle takes a look at where Delaware’s economy is right now – and what impact these initial steps may have on bringing it back in hard-hit sectors like restaurants and hospitality.

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Delaware’s COVID-19 data has shown consistency over the past week with new deaths remaining in single digits and key indicators like hospitalizations and percentage of people testing positive either flat or trending down.

That consistency comes just as the state allows more use of its beaches this Memorial Day weekend, and prepares to start Phase 1 of a formal reopening June 1.

Gov. John Carney will discuss recent developments in the state's COVID-19 response at his Friday press briefing.

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The First State heads into the Memorial Day weekend with its daily COVID-19 data continuing to show consistency.

Delaware health officials report a sixth consecutive day of single digit deaths, while hospitalization numbers remain flat.

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Delaware's Division of Public Health is awarded a grant to help implement expanded testing and data capacity for its COVID-19 response.


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Benches removed in Rehoboth Beach last month to help slow the spread of COVID-19 are coming back for the Memorial Day weekend:



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Delaware’s budget picture may not be as grim as initially anticipated.

State revenue estimates improved this month as lawmakers get set to begin work on a 2021 spending plan.



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AAA Mid-Atlantic is not issuing its annual Memorial Day travel forecast. The COVID-19 crisis is the reason why.

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After weeks of backlogs, the state’s Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) is helping more businesses.

HELP received 500 applications in its first six weeks, and faced a significant backlog because the Division of Small Business only had two underwriters to process them.


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Wilmington is projecting significant losses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Mayor Mike Purzycki believes the city is ready to handle the challenge.