A Wilmington woman will go to federal prison for 31 months for lying on applications for COVID relief funds and accepting the money.

Delaware woman sent to prison for COVID relief funds theft

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

  A Wilmington woman was sentenced this week to 31 months in jail for applying for and taking $246,000 in false claims for federal COVID-19 relief funds. Ana Soto, 41, who formerly lived in Newark, submitted 17 fraudulent  loan applications for Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act money. She had applied for as much as $746,000 in small …

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COVID-19 vaccines for kids 6 months to 5 years ready in Del.

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Delaware’s pre-ordered COVID-19 vaccines for ages 6 months through 5 years old were expected to start arriving Monday, June 20. They will go to medical providers who pre-ordered them, but not all did. Parents of those children should be able to have the kids vaccinated starting Tuesday, the Division of Public Health announced, after the drugs were approved for emergency …

Carney tests positive for COVID-19

Betsy Price Headlines

  Gov. John Carney announced Monday night that he tested positive for COVID-19 through an at-home antigen test. He took the test after experiencing mild symptoms. He is now isolating, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend. “I am feeling well and will continue to work remotely, but unfortunately will have to miss a few in-person events,” Carney …

Teacher compensation bill aims to strengthen educator pipeline

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

  Riding fears that COVID-19 drove teachers from classrooms and worries over Maryland saying it will pay starting teachers $60,000 by 2026, a bill designed to change teacher pay in Delaware sailed through the state Senate Thursday. It will go to the House Education Committee next. Sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend, D-Newark, SB 100 would create a 15-member Public Education …

DSU: Spring classes will start as virtual; return to campus delayed 2 weeks

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

Delaware State students will need booster vaccinations before they are allowed to return to campus in 2022.   Citing the significant increase in in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant, Delaware State University on Thursday said that it would delay the return to campus by two weeks and that students must be vaccinated and boosted to be on campus. …

Another winter surge? Delaware COVID cases, deaths rise

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

  The number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths in Delaware continued to rise in the last week, but hospitalizations dropped by a few. The Delaware Division of Public Health said the average daily number of new cases was 380.6 in the week ending Thursday, Nov. 25. That’s up from 329.6 the previous week and 271.9 the week before. Public …

State to mandate masks in all schools, state facilities; more rules to come

Charlie Megginson Education, Government, Government & Politics, Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney said Tuesday that masks must be worn by those over the age of 2 in all public, private and parochial schools, as well as childcare homes and centers. Carney also said state employees and visitors to state facilities must wear masks indoors beginning Monday, Aug.  16. This requirement applies to everybody, regardless of their vaccination status.  The …

Hundreds gather to protest ChristianaCare’s vaccine mandate

Betsy Price Business, Headlines, Health

More than 350 people gathered on Churchman’s Road Saturday in front of ChristianaCare’s sign, and more were arriving by the minute.   More than 350 people gathered at the Churchman’s Road entrance to ChristianaCare’s campus Saturday morning to protest the health system’s requirement that all employees must be vaccinated. Members of the crowd stretched down the road on both sides …

State tells unvaccinated people to test weekly; testing kits now at libraries

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

This Abbott Laboratories at-home COVID-19 test kit is available at Delaware libraries. The state of Delaware is recommending that unvaccinated people get tested weekly for the COVID-19 virus. In a press release issued Tuesday, the state also said those who are not vaccinated should be tested five to seven days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 and that they …

State Fair opened Thursday with honor-system COVID masking

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

  It’s that time of the year: The Delaware State Fair returned to the Harrington Fairgrounds last week, bringing eclectic foods, rides, music, and more. This year’s event, dubbed ‘Your Passport to Summer Fun,’ will run until Saturday, July 31.  The ten-day event has been hosted annually at its current location for 102 years. Only four times was the fair …