Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, local groups and people are trying to help each other. This page is a clearing house for this information and more. If you have a resource our readers need to know, email use the coronavirus question and tip form.

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Guidance for Face Coverings

Governor John Carney issued a modified State of Emergency declaration that requires Delawareans to wear face coverings in public settings, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and on public transportation.

  • A cloth face covering is not a substitute for existing guidance about handwashing and social distancing.
  • Delawareans are urged to use cloth face coverings and reserve medical-grade masks for use by health care workers and first responders. Medical-grade masks include N95, KN95, surgical, or other masks that would be appropriate for a health care setting.

Sussex County libraries


Sussex County libraries have a cure for those enduring a lack of high-speed
Internet in the COVID-19 pandemic.

Libraries throughout Sussex are now serving as WiFi ‘hotspots’ to provide
broadband access to the community. All users have to do is drive, pedal or walk to their local library and connect their devices to the universal ‘Library-Outdoors’ broadcast signal being beamed and advertised with signs outside 14 facilities.

Users are reminded to observe appropriate social distancing while in parking lots or on nearby side streets, maintaining at least 6 feet from other patrons at all times.

Internet access will be available 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until further notice.


Instructions for After Testing

Two documents to assist you after you have been tested for COVID-19


Economic Impact Payments

Employed full or part time? Unemployed? A temporary or gig worker? Retired or disabled? Receive public benefits? Have no income? Most U.S. residents – under certain income levels – will receive the Economic Impact Payment if they are not claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer and have a Social Security number.

Here’s how much the payments will be:

  • Eligible individuals will receive up to $1,200.
  • Eligible married couples will receive up to $2,400.
  • Eligible individuals will receive up to $500 for each qualifying child.

Free Wifi

DE Turf Sports Complex is opening their Wifi for students that need wifi to do school work. Park in their parking lot. Stay in your car. Free wifi network is DE Turf Free Wifi. Restrooms and field are closed.

Free Wifi is also available in the Kent County Library parking lot.


Sussex County partnership

More than three dozen entities in eastern Sussex County are partnering to help connect people as the community battles the coronavirus.

The newly formed Cape Community Coordination for COVID-19 coalition includes the cities of Lewes, Milton and Rehoboth Beach, the University of Delaware, the Lewes and Milton chambers of commerce and other nonprofits and entities.

Information is available at ccc4covid.org, and the group can be reached at 302-858-6167 or info@ccc4covid.org. Social media users can follow the coalition and receive updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at CCC4COVID.


Salvation Army Virtual Food Pantry

The Salvation Army of Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania launched a Virtual Food Pantry that leads to real food assistance to help feed those who are in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pantry, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allows anyone to shop for their neighbors who might need a little help during this crisis. Log on to pendel.salvationarmy.org to donate.


CDC Self-Checker

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention introduced a bot over the weekend to help people make decisions about what to do if they have potential symptoms of COVID-19. Called Clara, the “coronavirus self-checker” was created in partnership with CDC Foundation and Microsoft Azure’s Healthcare Bot service.


Call to Action

The State of Delaware launched an online tool at de.gov/coronavirus to connect Delawareans offering materials and supplies with organizations, medical providers and others in need of assistance.

Citizens, businesses or nonprofits with materials and supplies to support Delaware’s response are asked to fill out a Donation Form. Nursing homes, emergency child care sites, grocery stores, pharmacies, or other designated emergency retailers have a separate Request Form.  Items the state is seeking include hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, nitrile gloves, Tyvek suits and N95 masks.


Add

Text “Add” to 302-460-2501 to get regular text message updates from the State of Delaware


Delaware 211

Visit the State of Delaware’s delaware211.org page for links to housing assistance, food assistance, utility assistance, clothing, medical care and other services.


Kent County Food Pantries

Williams State Service Center, Dover – 302-857-5000
Goodwill Industries, Food Closet, Kent County – 302-741-0456
Calvary Assembly of God Food Closet – 302-697-7776
Catholic Charities Basic Needs Program, Kent County – 302-674-4016
Southside Baptist Church, Dover – 302-697-2411
God’s Missionary, Felton – 302-284-9566
Food Bank of Delaware, Milford – 302-424-3301
Lake Forest Church Association Food Pantry, Harrington – 302- 222-8404
Milford State Service Center – 302-424-7230


Sussex County Food Pantries

Jusst Soup Ministry – Mobile Soup Kitchen, Milford – 302-644-8113
Catholic Charities – Casa San Francisco Emergency Food
Pantry, Milton – 302-684-8694
Bethel Tabernacle Church of God, Helping Hands Food
Bank, Frankford – 302-539-6768
Dagsboro Church of God, Dagsboro – 302-732-6550
Blessed Giving Emergency Food Program, Georgetown – 302-339-3905
Thurman Adams State Service Center, Georgetown – 302-515-3000
Catholic Charities Basic Needs Program Sussex County,
Georgetown – 302-856-9578
First State Community Action, Food Closet – Sussex
County, Georgetown – 302-856-7761
Cape Henlopen Food Basket – 302-644-7727
Delmarva Clergy United, Food Closet, Ellendale – 302-422-5306


Unemployment

Workers can file for benefits at ui.delawareworks.com, and questions can be emailed to uiclaims@delaware.gov.

The federal CARES Act includes a $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program that provides forgivable loans for small businesses that keep workers employed. It also covers independent contractors and self-employed individuals. The program starts accepting applications from small businesses on April 3. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can begin applying on April 10.

Informational PDF document

PDF Application


Dover Public Library

The Dover Public Library has compiled a list for school district food distribution, educational resources, entertainment, and more. Access their Resources for Parents list.