Positive COVID-19 cases down from previous day

SMYRNA — The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 91 new positive COVID-19 cases in its daily report on Thursday. The number of new cases dropped by 39 compared to the previous day. Delaware’s total positive cases of the virus are now at 14,689. Current COVID-19 related hospitalizations only increased by one to 69, […]

School boards push for in-person meetings

As school districts and the state grapple with the possibility of returning students to some form of in-person education, school boards are facing similar decisions about their meetings. Since Gov. John Carney declared a state of emergency in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, many school boards quickly adapted to a new format: meeting […]

DPH says too many variables to allow fans in grandstands for Dover NASCAR races

DOVER — Even though state officials announced on Monday that there would be no fans allowed at Dover International Speedway for its NASCAR race weekend on Aug. 21-23, they might have overlooked one segment — those guests at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino that have rooms with windows that overlook the racetrack’s backstretch. Mike Tatoian, […]

Second US virus surge hits plateau, but few experts celebrate

NEW YORK — While deaths from the coronavirus in the U.S. are mounting rapidly, public health experts are seeing a flicker of good news: The second surge of confirmed cases appears to be leveling off. Scientists aren’t celebrating by any means, warning that the trend is driven by four big, hard-hit places — Arizona, California, […]

Record economic plunge, bleak jobs numbers reveal virus toll

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy plunged by a record-shattering 32.9% annual rate last quarter, and the coronavirus pandemic is still cutting a path of destruction, forcing millions out of work and shuttering businesses. The economy’s stunning contraction in the April-June quarter came as the viral outbreak pushed already struggling businesses to close for a second […]

Hogan orders masks in all Maryland public places starting Friday

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday, based on the state’s data-driven approach, the expansion of the statewide masking order and a public health advisory for all out-of-state travel. The governor also unveiled contact tracing data showing that family gatherings are the most common high-risk gathering and working outside the home is the […]

Rehoboth-Dewey Chamber of Commerce requests more help for businesses

DOVER — The Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce is urging officials to provide greater clarity and consistency to businesses during the pandemic and is calling for additional state aid. In a letter sent to Gov. John Carney Tuesday, chamber President and CEO Carol Everhart expressed concerns that a host of businesses will […]

Dover library reopening pushed back

DOVER — The goal was to reopen the Dover Public Library on Aug. 3. However, still caught in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, those plans are going to have to be pushed back a little bit, according to Dover City Manager Donna Mitchell. “COVID-19 has made all of us rethink our typical daily interactions […]

COVID-19 hospitalizations highest for month

SMYRNA — COVID-19-related hospitalizations reached their highest mark this month, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health’s daily report Wednesday. Hospitalizations stand at 68, an increase of six compared to the previous day. Of those 68 hospitalizations, 15 are considered critical. The 68 hospitalizations are the highest since there were 72 on June 28. […]

Misinformation on the virus is proving highly contagious

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy theories, hoaxes, anti-mask myths and sham cures. The phenomenon, unfolding largely on social media, escalated this week when President Donald Trump retweeted a false video […]