First DOC inmate tests positive for COVID-19

DOVER – The Delaware Department of Correction announced that a first inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday afternoon. The inmate James. T. Vaughn Correctional Center, who is over the age of 60, is housed in one of two nearby housing units that have been carefully monitored by healthcare workers for the past week, with […]

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 […]

Delaware farm markets adapting to changing landscape

WYOMING — A regular visitor at Fifer Orchards for around three decades, Ann Anderson will miss the hugs and friendly conversations. Instead, she plans to receive her asparagus, avocados, peach ice cream and more during a quick stop and go. “It’s going to be very strange and I’m going to miss it,” Mrs. Anderson said […]

Delaware coronavirus count hits 928, up 145 from Monday

DOVER — Delaware is now up to 928 coronavirus cases, an increase of 145 from the day before. The state also saw a 16th death Tuesday, per the Division of Public Health. In total, 147 people are hospitalized currently. DPH said 144 had recovered, meaning they have gone without symptoms for at least a week. […]

Delmarva Power expands assistance to relief organizations

NEWARK – On Tuesday, Delmarva Power announced it has expanded its commitment to Delaware and Maryland relief organizations in its service area to $100,000. The economic need during the current health crisis continues to increase, and these essential funds are being donated to help with the daily operations of these important groups during the coronavirus […]

Blood Bank of Delmarva collection plasma donations

CHRISTIANA – Blood Bank of Delmarva will be joining other blood centers across the country to collect plasma donations from people who have recovered from COVID-19 to treat other patients with advanced COVID-19 infections. In the treatment, known as convalescent plasma, the patient is transfused with the donor’s plasma with the goal of using the […]

Insurance Commissioner: Auto insurers assisting consumers

DOVER – Automobile insurers in Delaware are taking a number of consumer-friendly actions in light of COVID-19, the Delaware Department of Insurance said Tuesday. On Monday, Allstate announced it would embark on a premium payback program resulting in $1.5 million going back to Delaware residents. Multiple insurers have also temporarily removed their commercial use exemptions […]

Mobile hospital can be used for coronavirus surge, state says

DOVER — The state announced a third alternate care site in the event of a coronavirus surge on Tuesday. Bayhealth, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and Beebe Healthcare will take part in a collaborative effort to manage a mobile hospital unit, the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and State Health Operations Center said. Its exact location is to […]

Dover AFB installs water filtration systems on nearby properties

DOVER — Contractors and personnel from Dover Air Force Base completed installation of whole-house water filtration systems on four properties previously identified as being above the lifetime health advisory level for perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) contamination, believed to be caused by the base’s use of firefighting foam. The installations occurred throughout March, […]

Levy Court meetings available via teleconference

DOVER – Tonight’s Levy Court committee meetings will be held at 7 p.m. via telephone conference. The public can join the meeting by calling 1-800-377-8846 and using the passcode: 92535882#. Download PDF materials for this meeting. For those with highspeed internet access, materials can be viewed in real-time via a WebEx session. Participants must still […]