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

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Most libraries have take-home testing kits that anyone can get, starting today. You do not need a library card to get one.   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 …

Mom’s efforts to change law means homeschooled kids get more services

Charlie Megginson Education, Headlines, Health

Three years ago, as their daughter was about to enter kindergarten, Megan and Buddy Willey learned young Caroline would no longer qualify for speech therapy through the school district. The Bridgeville family homeschools their children, two of whom require the services of a speech pathologist. State law allows all children to receive federally funded speech therapy through the public school …

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$80 million Clean Water Act sets up trust to direct cash into projects

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

Wetlands in Sussex County. Photo by Joann Kingsley/Delaware Community Lens   A bipartisan bill aimed at addressing wastewater and drinking water issues in Delaware’s underserved communities was signed into law by Gov. John Carney Thursday after six years in the making. House Bill 200, the Clean Water for Delaware Act, creates a framework and funding source which lawmakers say will …

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Bill to mandate police body cameras signed into law

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

    Nate McQueen, secretary of the Delaware Department of Safety, leads applause for police officers during a ceremony that made police body cameras a state law.   Delaware has become the eighth state in the country to mandate the statewide use of body cameras by police officers. Gov. John Carney was joined by members of the House Black Caucus, …

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‘Walking the talk:’ Carney signs bill to raise minimum wage to $15

Charlie Megginson Business, Government, Headlines

Gov. John Carney shows off minimum wage raise law he signed Monday. Delaware Gov. John Carney, a Democrat, signed a bill Monday which will incrementally increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. Senate Bill 15, sponsored by Sen. Jack Walsh, D-White Clay, and Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Greenville, passed along party lines in both the House and the …

The number of people in Delaware to have died from COVID-19 has topped 1,000.d has died from COVID-19.day night that 11,274 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered.

Public Health: Delta variant is dominant strain of virus in Delaware

Charlie Megginson Headlines, Health

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is causing a rising number of cases.   The COVID-19 delta variant is now the predominant strain of the coronavirus in Delaware, The Division of Public Health said in a Friday press release.  Variants are mutations of the virus, including changes to the spikes on the surface of the virus. Some variants are more transmissible …

Gov. John Carney issued more changes to his emergency orders.

State officials blame Delta variant for rise in COVID-19 cases

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

The number of COVID-19 cases attributed to the Delta variant jumped last week.   State officials blamed the Delta variant Tuesday night for increased numbers of COVID-19 cases in Delaware. During an online town hall meeting, the officials also talked about a new type of testing, whether a vaccine booster shot will be needed and COVID-19 regulations that will be …

Delaware expects to get Johnson & Johnson vaccine as early as March 5.

Delaware hits 70% vaccination mark before Fourth of July

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

Gov. John Carney and the state’s top public health officer on Thursday hailed Delaware hitting the federal goal of 70% of those eligible getting at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine before the Fourth of July. “That’s a big deal,” said Gov. John Carney in a press release. “It’s why we’re beating this virus and moving past this pandemic after …

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House, Senate send largest bond bill ever to Carney for signature

Charlie Megginson Government, Headlines

The Delaware Senate says the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of Tuesday’s session. Delaware residents will soon see the effects of a $1.35 billion spending package authorized by both houses of the General Assembly on Tuesday. Gov. John Carney is expected to sign the spending package as well as a $63 million Grants-in-Aid bill on Wednesday at 1 p.m. …

Carney ends weekly press conferences about COVID-19

Daniel Larlham Jr. Headlines, Health

  In Gov. John Carney’s last weekly COVID-19 press briefing, state officials announced that the average life expectancy has gone down because of the virus and that pharmacies have been doing a larger part of vaccination over the last month.  Carney said last week that with a rising number of vaccinations and declining number of cases, and with his emergency …