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Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

As racial disparities in the impact of COVID-19 gain attention nationwide, the First State is moving to collect more information about the racial breakdown of its cases. 


State of Delaware

Delaware reported 4 new deaths and 93 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 Thursday. 

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Delaware continues to shed jobs during the coronavirus crisis.  

The state saw about the same number of new jobless claims last week as it did the week before.



The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) wants to hear from anyone who has recovered from COVID-19.

It has started a special convalescent plasma donation program for people who have recovered to help treat patients with advanced COVID-19 infections.


Delaware drivers are getting more relief on their auto insurance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Delaware Department of Insurance said major companies like Geico and Allstate have agreed to refund or credit prepaid premiums in response.

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The state is enforcing Gov. Carney’s Emergency Order by issuing fines to people and businesses who do not follow social distancing rules.

Sussex County is providing a dose of financial medicine to help residents and businesses feeling the economic pain caused by the coronavirus crisis.


Loan applications are pouring into the Small Business Administration during the COVID-19 outbreak.

No local numbers for Delaware are available, but Delaware District director John Fleming says nationally SBA has loans for $90 billion of the $350 billion available in its Paycheck Protection Program.  It has also seen 800,000 applications nationwide for the SBA's Emergency Injury Disaster Loan Advance program. 

Milton Pratt / Delaware Public Media

The number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Delaware stands at 177 and is expected to rise swiftly over the next few days. State emergency management officials are coordinating the preparation of alternative hospital space in case hospitals become overwhelmed. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 cases in the First State hit a new milestone – topping 1,000 Wednesday with 188 new cases reported. State public health officials say three more people have died.