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Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

The state begins issuing emergency benefits to people receiving food assistance later this week, and state officials say new cards for families who now qualify for federal food benefits are in the mail. 


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Delaware health officials announced another slow day of coronavirus spread.

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The state announced an unusually low number of new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday. Public health officials reported just 30 new cases as of Tuesday evening, along with nine new virus-related deaths.

 

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Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children is investigating another possible case of the mysterious Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children linked to COVID-19.


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After a slow uptake, the state will require long-term care facilities to implement universal COVID-19 testing of staff starting next month. 

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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.

 

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

The plan to test every resident and staff member of long-term care facilities in Delaware for COVID-19 took longer to get going than expected. 


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Delaware health officials report another day of single digit deaths and downward trending data related to COVID-19.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Current hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Delaware fell to their lowest point in more than a month as deaths stayed in the single digits for the fourth straight day.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The state is reporting a second consecutive day of single-digit deaths related to COVID-19.

Delaware health officials announced seven new deaths Monday bringing the total statewide to 297.

Washington State Dept. of Agriculture

Recently, Asian giant hornets have quickly gained fame, or infamy, in the U.S. as reports that a couple of the so-called ‘murder hornets’ -  capable of wiping out and entire bee hive - were found dead in Pacific Northwest.

What threat might they pose to Delaware’s growing beekeeper population and their prized hives?

Delaware Public Media’s Mark Fowser has more in this week’s Enlighten Me

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s latest COVID-19 numbers include 11 new virus-related deaths and 150 new cases.

Current floodplain areas in Seaford (DNREC)

A new website is providing Seaford-area residents with information on proposed flood risk mapping revisions.

 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The First State saw a third straight day of double digit COVID-19 related deaths Thursday, and cases to date shot past 7,000.

Christiana Care's Gene Editing Institute

Researchers at ChristianaCare are looking to see how a newly approved coronavirus test using CRISPR could be used in Delaware, as they hope to learn how a patient’s genetic makeup can affect how the patient reacts to COVID-19.


The Blood Bank of Delmarva hopes to replenish its blood supply as hospitals slowly resume more regular operations.

The regional blood bank says reserves are dangerously low and is actively seeking donors.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware reports just one new COVID-19-related death Monday, bringing the total fatalities in the state so far to 225. The increase follows an announcement of just three new deaths Sunday. 

Nick Ciolino / Delaware Public Media

A new condition afflicting children believed to be linked to COVID-19 has shown up in Delaware.  Doctors believe Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome is linked to COVID-19, but stress it is extremely rare.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Delaware announced its testing plan for long-term care facilities earlier this week, and is now is preparing to test every resident and staff member at all of those facilities statewide.


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The coronavirus pandemic has created new challenges for people in the throes of substance abuse disorder, and those charged with treating their addiction. Some local providers say that while changes to federal regulations are helping address some of those challenges, they are also creating new problems.  

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Gov. John Carney announced a goal Friday to begin the first phase of reopening Delaware on June 1st, and a plan to quadruple the state's testing capacity for COVID-19.

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The coronavirus pandemic has created new challenges for people in the throes of substance abuse disorder, and those charged with treating their addiction. Some local providers say that while changes to federal regulations are helping address some of those challenges, they are also creating new problems.  


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s COVID-19 death toll topped 200 Thursday.

Nine new deaths were reported, pushing the state's total to 202.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware saw another small increase in COVID-19 cases Tuesday while hospitalizations remained largely stable.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware’s total number of COVID-19 cases jumped by 170 Sunday, and the death toll rose to 177.  But the percentage of people testing positive remains flat.

Courtesy of New Castle County government

New Castle County has received the result of a second test for traces of the coronavirus in its sewer system. It could point to a dramatic increase in infections. 

Courtesy of New Castle County government

New Castle County has received the result of a second test for traces of the coronavirus in its sewer system. It could point to a dramatic increase in infections. 

 


Jon Hurdle / Delaware Public Media

In January, contributor Jon Hurdle reported on how a series of dams along the Brandywine that date back some 200 years were being targeted for removal or modification.

The goal is to allow shad and more to return to their ancestral spawning grounds again for the first time in two centuries. 

This week, Jon Hurdle returns to tell us there’s evidence the effort is paying off.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

State health officials announced seven more deaths related to the coronavirus Friday, bringing the total in Delaware to 159.

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ChristianaCare is receiving a $714,000 grant from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to expand its COVID-19 telemedicine program.

 


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