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Delaware Public Media Novel Coronavirus coverage

This page offers all of Delaware Public Media's ongoing coverage of the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is affecting the First State. 

Check here regularly for the latest new and information.

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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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Delaware State University is among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities getting help with COVID-19 testing.

Experts across the country have worried more cases of child abuse are going unreported during the pandemic, as stresses on families increase but reports of child abuse drop


State officials in Delaware have seen a similar reduction in reports.

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

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The City of Rehoboth Beach is grappling between keeping local businesses alive and preventing the spread of COVID-19

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Gov. John Carney says the state is leaning towards reopening schools with a hybrid between in-person and online learning. But a final decision won’t be made until next week. 

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The Delaware State Auditor is working on a project to improve how states across the country track COVID-19 data.

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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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The state has not yet signaled to school districts whether they should reopen in-person, online, or some combination of the two. 

But with just about a month left until the start of school, William Penn High School has made a decision: to begin entirely online. 

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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.

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Governor John Carney has signed the 24th modification to his State of Emergency declaration, allowing driver education services to resume, with safety measures in place to prevent transmission of COVID-19. 


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Bike stores in Delaware have seen a massive surge in business during the pandemic. But the new normal is not all good for these local shops. 

This year’s Delaware State Bar Exam is canceled.


The exam was scheduled to take place in mid-September at the Delaware State Fairgrounds to minimize COVD-19 transmission, but Chief Justice Collins Seitz, Jr. announced Friday they are scrapping the exam instead.


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State public health officials reviewed death certificates and found an additional 49 coronavirus-linked deaths in May and June. 

Delaware’s virus-related death toll is now 578.

Courtesy of New Castle County government

New Castle County continues to track an estimate of coronavirus activity there based on its sewer. The estimates have varied widely week to week, but County leadership still sees them as useful.

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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.

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The Delaware State Education Association’s call for a fully virtual start to the school year has gotten support from some lawmakers.


But the state’s largest teachers union is still trying to convince Gov. John Carney.

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Delaware’s largest university announced Wednesday it will operate mostly online for the fall semester. City of Newark officials approve of the decision — but note it will affect local businesses. 

Nemours Children's Health System

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.