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The First State experienced three confirmed tornadoes last week, prompting some to wonder if Delaware should expect more to touch down in the future.

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The Wilmington-based biopharmaceutical company Incyte is set to begin clinical trials for a drug that may be able to treat patients with severe cases of COVID-19.

The drug Jakafi, or more commonly Ruxolitinib, is used to treat blood cancers among other things and made Incyte almost $1.7 billion last year.

Delaware Public Media’s Nick Ciolino recently spoke with Incyte Vice President of Oncology Targeted Therapeutics Peter Langmuir, MD about how it may fit in with the list of different therapies being tested and used to treat the virus.

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We return this week to Brandywine Creek for another update on a story we’ve been following all year.

In January, contributor Jon Hurdle reported on how a series of dams along the Brandywine dating back some 200 years were targeted for removal or modification - hoping to allow American shad to their ancestral spawning grounds again for the first time in two centuries. 

In May, Jon told us initial evidence showed the effort is paying off. Now he reports there’s even more good news this summer.


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Delaware is assessing the damage up and down the state in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.

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ChristianaCare is once again rated as a best hospital by U.S. News & World Reports.

Not only is the hospital recognized on a national basis for the fifth year in a row, but it’s been rated the top hospital in Delaware.

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COVID-19 hospitalizations in Delaware have hit a low mark.

The state is reporting only 46 current hospitalizations statewide as of Thursday, with 11 people critically ill.

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The recommendations are in from the Governor’s advisory group on what the state should do if cases here surge again.

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A public health research center in Philadelphia is predicting a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the region.

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The state is reporting another day of more than 100 new cases of COVID-19.

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New York, New Jersey and Connecticut’s travel advisory lists were updated Tuesday— and Delaware is still on them. The First State has also been added to a new mandatory quarantine list by Washington, D.C. and will likely be impacted by a Massachusetts travel advisory next month.

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State officials are concerned about positive coronavirus test results tracing back to a Dover Church.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health recommends congregants at Destiny Christian Church get tested for the virus.


As Delaware’s overdose rate continues to rise, the state continues its effort to hand out free Naloxone. 

Delaware is on pace to have another record year of overdoses as the coronavirus pandemic has brought on a surge of deadly drug use.


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The Delaware Department of Correction says it is seeing improvement in the COVID-19 outbreak at Sussex Correctional Institute in Georgetown.

A public-private partnership is working to protect and restore a newly public parcel of forests and wetlands in Sussex County. 

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As public officials weigh how to conduct school this fall, children are being held up as low risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19. 

But some kids have suffered from a rare, mysterious syndrome linked to the virus—even in Delaware.

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Delaware is providing direct coronavirus relief to various community organizations.

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State environmental regulators announced Tuesday that a spring fire at the Delaware City Refinery that injured two people violated the facility’s air quality permit. 

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During this week’s heat wave in Delaware, AAA Mid-Atlantic reminds people to make sure children or pets are not left in the car for any reason.


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Delaware added hundreds of cases of the coronavirus to its cumulative total over the weekend.

The state logged 102 new cases Sunday. The statewide total to date is up to 13,624. 

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A new outlook from federal oceanographic scientists reaffirms projections that coastal towns in Delaware will see more sunny-day flooding in the future.

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Delaware has added hundreds of cases of the coronavirus to its cumulative total in the last few days. 

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The chemical plant in New Castle where a toxic gas leak occurred nearly two years ago is applying for a state permit. Elected officials at the county level are already lining up against it.

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Beebe Healthcare opened a new cancer center in Sussex County this week.

It’s the second piece to the health system’s new South Coastal Health Campus near Millville where Beebe opened a new emergency department in May.

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The Delaware Division of Public Health released a new COVID-19 testing plan designed to ensure easy access to testing.

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Delaware passed the 13,000 mark for total confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The state logged another day below triple digits with 81 new cases reported Wednesday.

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Health care systems around the country - including here in Delaware - have been coping with the coronavirus pandemic for months now.

And while the case level here in the First State has not taxed hospital capacity as it has elsewhere,  health care systems here are navigating a number of issues and challenges.

We recently sat down with Nemours CEO Dr. Larry Moss to discuss some of those issues and challenges,  and some of the opportunities found in the new normal created by the pandemic.

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Renewable energy company Ørstead announced it’s not going to connect its offshore wind farm at Fenwick Island State Park. This means a loss of major park improvements as well.

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The state again adds more than a hundred cases to its COVID-19 totals in one day.

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The state is cracking down on restaurants and others violating new rules related to COVID-19.

At the Delaware’s weekly coronavirus update Tuesday, state Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay outlined recent steps her division has taken to enforce coronavirus requirements in bars and restaurants.

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New Castle County is under quarantine again to try to contain the persistent pest known as the spotted lanternfly.