DelawareLive Jan 1 1

Delaware LIVE Weekly Review – Jan. 1, 2023

Sonja Frey Delaware Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view as a PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: January A perfect storm for schools, teachers: No subs, bus woes, COVID As revenues rise, Republicans say taxpayers should get some money back February Renter, landlord advocates disagree over solutions to eviction crisis Child care workers still waiting for promised $1,500 state bonuses March Pike …

Reading score discovery at Colonial

2022 Rewind: Colonial Reading scores higher after COVID

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

This story was originally published in November 2022. Colonial School District Superintendent Jeffrey D. Menzer unearthed a surprising fact while he was devising a method to track the effectiveness of a new focus on student reading skills and scores. The 2022 eighth graders who had been at Colonial schools since second grade scored higher on reading proficiency tests than those in eighth …

Delawareans line up at DelTech in Dover to be tested before the Thanksgiving break.

Delaware to close Curative COVID-19 test sites

Staff Writer Headlines, Health

Delaware’s COVID-19 testing partner Curative Inc. will not renew its contract with the state when it expires in two weeks. Wednesday, Dec. 28 will be the last day for Curative test site collection.  Other Curative sites, such as the one located at the University of Delaware, have already closed. The last day for Curative testing at Delaware State Service Centers …

Leg Hall

Carney extends health emergency to protect hospital capacity

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Not everyone is thrilled about Gov. John Carney’s decision to extend Delaware’s COVID-19 public health emergency for another 30 days. The order “aims to help protect capacity at our health care facilities and it enables the state to maintain eligibility for federal funding or assistance,” said Charlie Quimby, a spokesman for the governor’s office. Charlie Copeland, co-director of the Caesar …

RSV virus

Winter viruses & kids: Difficulty breathing? Seek help

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

Delaware’s public health agency already has identified 4,274 lab-confirmed cases of influenza — significantly more than the entire 2021-2022 flu season. It’s confirmed 718 cases of RSV, and the state’s seven-day average for new COVID cases is 164, up from 106 a month ago.  Welcome to the tripledemic health officials have been warning about. All three viruses have similar systems: …

DelawareLive Nov 20

Delaware LIVE Weekly Review – Nov. 20, 2022

Sonja Frey Delaware Live, Weekly Review

Click on the image below to view as a PDF This Week’s Top Headlines Include: Headlines Interest rises in A.I. duPont going green to stem enrollment drop Bridgewater Jewelry: 5 generations, 140 drama-studded years Colonial surprise: Reading scores higher after COVID Planners want to put 12-acre park on top of I-95 Culture Want a low-digit surf fishing plate? Bids start …

ChristianaCare Hospital Wilmington

ChristianaCare lifts COVID-19 visitation restrictions

Staff Writer Headlines, Health

ChristianaCare has lifted its COVID-19 visitation restrictions at its hospitals. The company’s mask mandate will remain in place. In a news release Wednesday, the health system said it will return to its pre-COVID visitation policy.  Effective immediately: Hospitalized patients may accept visitors between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. The number of visitors per patient is not restricted. Hospital visitors must …

Relief rebate check delaware

Did you receive your $300 tax rebate? 780,000 others did

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The state has distributed some 780,000 Relief Rebate checks, according to Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger. Approximately $15 million in rebate checks were mailed but never cashed, Geisenberger said during a Monday meeting of the Delaware Economic and Financial Advisory Council. The 2022 Delaware Relief Rebate Program was passed by the General Assembly in April and authorized one-time direct …

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New Castle County set to approve $54 million in ARPA funds

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

New Castle County Council will vote at its next meeting to send just over $54 million in federal COVID relief funds to the county’s finance office for allocation. The money will go toward affordable housing, wastewater and stormwater management, nonprofit grants and more, according to Brian Cunningham, the county’s director of strategic communications. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, …

Lawmakers announce plan to give every Delaware taxpayer $300

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday announced a plan to give every Delaware taxpayer $300 in direct economic relief. The relief plan, which would send direct payments to every Delawarean who filed a 2020 tax return, has the backing of Gov. John Carney.  Legislation is currently being drafted to enable relief payments. A bill is expected to be introduced during …