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With COVID restrictions largely eliminated, vaccinations creeping up and the summer season here, you’d think restaurants hammered by the pandemic would be poised for a big rebound.

But Contributor Eileen Dallabrida reports many are struggling to ramp up.  That's because, while they have customers again, many don’t have the staff to serve them.


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The state is dealing out another round of federal aid to Delaware’s health care industry. Officials say providers are still struggling because of COVID.    


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The order allowing unprecedented levels of authority in state government as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic is ending.

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It’s still not quite clear when Gov. John Carney intends to end the state’s COVID-19 State of Emergency Declaration.

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Gov. John Carney announced the first round of small businesses giving out incentives as part of his vaccine incentive program.


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A group of Republican lawmakers filed a bill forcing universities to allow unvaccinated students to attend school in-person this fall.


New Castle County executive Matt Meyer is seeking to direct COVID-19 relief funds to critical needs in the county.


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Delaware courts resume jury trials June 1. They have a massive backlog of cases to work through. 

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State health officials continue to keep an eye on the spread of COVID variants in Delaware.


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As coronavirus cases in the First State continue to drop, one of the state’s largest cities has relaxed its restrictions on gatherings. 

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New Castle County is ending its COVID testing sites.


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Anxiety amongst kids and teens dramatically increased during the pandemic, and experts say it’s important for parents to know the signs. Schools are expected to reopen come fall, and mental health evaluation is going to be essential before and during students’ return.

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State officials continue to promote the COVID vaccine and increased the number of Delawareans getting shots.


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Delaware is removing almost all mask requirements and social distancing rules.


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With the CDC relaxing its mask wearing guidance, Delaware is dropping its mask mandate later this month.

 


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The consensus is that the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on schools left many students learning less than they would in a normal year.

How best to catch-up is a question schools and the state are grappling with as summer break looms next month. This week, contributor Larry Nagengast looks at some of the issues they face and approaches they'll take.


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The First State continues efforts to boost its vaccination numbers.

State health officials announce four standing clinics are now open, offering COVID vaccine shots with or without an appointment.

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A NASCAR race weekend returns at Dover International Speedway with fans for the first time in over a year.

Grandstand capacity for Sunday’s ‘Drydene 400’ NASCAR Cup Series race is capped at 20,000 people, a third of normal capacity, and it is sold out.

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Gov. John Carney announced this week that he’s lifting COVID-related capacity restrictions indoors starting May 21.

But any event hosting more than 250 people still needs a state approved plan. That includes upcoming high school graduations, which a year ago were substantially pared down because of the pandemic.

Will graduates get a more typical celebration this year?

Contributor Larry Nagengast surveyed schools around the First State to see what they have in the works.

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Gov. John Carney’s decision to relax COVID capacity restrictions changes the equation for many stores and businesses looking to get back to normal after over a year of modified operations.

But contributor Eileen Dallabrida reports while many retailers are already seeing a welcomed rebound in business, it’s not all smooth sailing.

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Both of Delaware’s major universities will require students to be vaccinated in order to return to campus this fall.

   

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Gov. John Carney’s move to lift most COVID restrictions will open things up for Delaware restaurants, but the state’s restaurant association says challenges persist for the industry. 


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The First State will take a significant step forward in reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic later this month, lifting capacity restrictions on most indoor venues.

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The state has a plan to do its part to assist schools and students who have suffered from interrupted learning during the COVID pandemic.

 

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Gov. John Carney is easing Coronavirus restrictions on some businesses and youth sports.

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As COVID numbers are on the uptick again in Delaware, there is no immediate call from state officials to add more restrictions.

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Lawmakers will return to Dover after over a year of virtual meetings.

 

But Leg Hall will still be closed to the public.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Coronavirus metrics in Delaware have taken a slight upswing over the past month and officials are warning of variants of the virus locally. 

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The nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases is showing up in the First State as well. 


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As more Delawareans get vaccinated, communities of color are still being left behind.

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