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Educators in the First State should start getting vaccinated next week. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

One more Delawarean has died from COVID-19, bringing the state’s total coronavirus death toll to 1,027 Thursday.

Park bench manufactured by Eco Plastic Products of Delaware

The Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes is collecting plastic recyclables.

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The online system for seniors in Delaware to sign up to receive the coronavirus vaccine is already getting lots of traffic.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Delawareans over age 65 and others in phase 1B of the state’s vaccine rollout will soon be able to receive vaccinations. 

Courtesy of Mountaire Farms

DNREC has issued permits to Mountaire Farms to make improvements to its Millsboro wastewater treatment facility.

This comes a month after a $65 million settlement in state court between the chicken processor and local residents who say the site contaminated area groundwater.

A bill to eventually expand renewable energy use in the First State will be heard in committee Tuesday. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware passed a grim milestone, surpassing 1,000 deaths related to COVID-19.

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Part of the state’s push to get COVID-19 vaccines out and into people’s arms involves trying to get more volunteers for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps.

Officials say both medical and nonmedical volunteers have a role to play with vaccine distribution.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall-Long - who is also a Principal Investigator with the Medical Reserve Corps - about the corps and its role.


The pandemic has upended how kids are learning as schools work in either hybrid or remote formats.  And that has raised questions about the impact on their mental health.

But the pandemic can also affect children’s physical health – especially this time of year when going outside to play may be less of an option.

Contributor Larry Nagengast looks how COVID is curtailing kids’ exercise. and what some are trying to do about that.

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Funding for community tree projects in the First State is available again.

The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program is offering support to encourage projects that help increase Delaware’s tree canopy.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Statewide hospitalizations have ticked up by one to another new record 474. 55 of those cases are considered critical.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 hospitalizations reached another all-time high in Delaware. The state reported 473 hospitalizations Monday with 55 cases considered critical. 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware announced 14 new deaths related to COVID-19 Monday.

986 people in Delaware have now died from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

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Delaware plans to create hubs across the state to speed up its distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State officials announced the first pediatric death in Delaware connected to COVID-19 Friday.

Salt marshes are known as a “sink” for global warming-causing carbon.

That’s important for Delaware, since the small, coastal state has lots of these ecosystems.

But what scientists didn’t know is that they also hold another, even more potent greenhouse gas - methane. That’s the conclusion of research out of the University of Delaware.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks UD researcher Rodrigo Vargas about how science missed this detail, and what it might mean for mitigating climate change.

Courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

The Delaware River Basin Restoration Project will receive $10 million in the 2021 federal budget.

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Efforts continue in Delaware to distribute the vaccine for COVID-19.

Gov. John Carney says the state is trying to get it out as quickly as possible.

Delaware Sea Grant

The study of the two Milford area watersheds begins this year.


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently awarded a coalition of Delaware groups a $110,042 grant to do the work. 

Delaware Public Media

Leadership in Delaware’s science and technology sector are starting a statewide advisory group to make economic advances in that field.

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Delaware has announced its first death from the flu this season.

The 56-year-old Kent County man died last week. He was infected with type-B influenza and also had underlying health conditions.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State health officials announced 23 new COVID deaths for Tuesday, though they say the deaths did not all occur in a single day and the large number is due in part to a lag in reporting over the Christmas holiday weekend.

Delaware Public Media

Delaware has plans to spend some of the new funds raised from its tax on opioids. 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

State public health officials urge Delawareans not to go out or gather with others on New Year’s Eve to prevent spread of the coronavirus.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-related hospitalizations have ticked up again in Delaware after leveling off for a few days.

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State health officials are trying to prevent another surge in coronavirus cases to flood the hospitals over the holidays.


Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Delaware healthcare workers continue to receive the coronavirus vaccine, days after the state accepted its first shipment of doses. 


Croda, Inc.

The state announced Friday it’s allowing Croda to restart the ethylene oxide plant at its Atlas Point facility near New Castle, but only to test it.

Delaware Public Media

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware awards grants to 17 nonprofits.

The social determinants of health grants total more than $1.9 million, and are through Highmark’s donor-advised fund, BluePrints for the Community.