Delaware using rapid test kits for select groups

SMYRNA — Thousands of rapid test kits for COVID-19 arrived in Delaware and the state is earmarking them for those on the frontlines. The Division of Public Health received 5,000 rapid test kits late last week, which were put to use during a trial-run drive-thru over the weekend. DPH intends to use the kits to […]

More Delaware agriculture employees could be in demand soon

DOVER — When the prime harvest season arrives, growers need an infusion of workers to come with it. “There aren’t any issues at this point, but in a couple months there will be a significant need for workers,” Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said. Mr. Scuse said the United States Department of Agriculture […]

Nearly 200 more coronavirus cases, including three deaths

DOVER — Delaware saw almost 200 additional coronavirus cases Wednesday, including three more deaths. There have now been 1,116 laboratory-confirmed cases here, causing 19 deaths, according to the Division of Public Health. A total of 159 people have recovered, meaning they have been without symptoms at least a week. DPH said 177 individuals are currently […]

DOC announces two more positive coronavirus cases

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Correction Wednesday announced two additional positive COVID-19 test results: Officials say an inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna is part of a housing unit that has been carefully monitored by health care workers for the past week, with temperature checks two times a day. It is […]

Mayor of Dewey Beach dies after battle with cancer

John “TJ” Redefer, mayor of Dewey Beach, has died, town officials said Wednesday. After a short battle with cancer, Mr. Redefer passed away on Tuesday, with his wife Bobbie by his side, according to information released by the town.   Mr. Redefer served as mayor since September 2017, where he provided positive and effective leadership in […]

Dorchester County has fifth case of COVID-19

CAMBRIDGE, Md. — The Dorchester Health Department announced on Tuesday evening a fifth diagnosed case of COVID-19 in the county. The individual is a female in her 30s with no underlying medical conditions, the statement said. She has been directed to self-isolate at home. A contact trace investigation is underway. The Health Department will continue […]

Sussex County to suspend lodging tax, provide rental assistance funds in wake of COVID-19

GEORGETOWN — Sussex County is delivering a dose of financial medicine to help ease the economic pain many are feeling amid the coronavirus crisis. At its regular meeting Tuesday morning, Sussex County Council, in its first teleconference, approved various measures as part of the county’s response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. To help ease […]

Largest COVID-19 increase yet as officials talk of coming surge

DOVER — Delaware saw its largest coronavirus increase yet Tuesday, with the count climbing from 783 to 928. The state also announced one more death, bringing that total to 16. The Division of Public Health said 147 Delawareans are currently hospitalized, with 52 critically ill. However, 144 — basically double the number from Monday — […]

Hogan announces Maryland mobile virus strike forces

BALTIMORE — Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon the formation of mobile strike forces to fight the spread of coronavirus in nursing homes and similar facilities throughout the state. He was speaking from the Baltimore Convention Center, which he had just toured with other officials. The site is being converted […]

Dutch Inn, longtime Laurel restaurant, extensively damaged by fire

LAUREL – Fire Monday night caused extensive damage to a popular restaurant and longtime Laurel landmark – Britt’s Dutch Inn. State Fire Marshal’s Office personal were on scene Tuesday morning. The restaurant located on South Central Avenue closed March 19 following State of Emergency orders implemented in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dutch Inn […]