DE Redistricting Public Hearings Next Week

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The General Assembly will host public hearings later this month to allow residents to comment on its proposed legislative redistricting maps. The House will host a hybrid hearing on Monday, October 18. The Senate will host a virtual hearing on Tuesday, October 19, and an in-person hearing at Legislative Hall on Thursday, October 21. All…

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Gov. Carney Extends Del. Public Health Emergency For 30 Days

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Delaware’s Public Health Emergency Order has been extended another 30 days. Governor John Carney took the action Thursday. It allows the State of Delaware and medical providers to continue COVID-19 vaccination and testing programs. State law requires that the Public Health Emergency be renewed every 30 days to remain in effect. “There’s no better way…

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VIRTUAL DE Redistricting Public Hearing Tonight at 6pm

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A reminder – there is a public hearing on redistricting this evening beginning at 6pm. Redistricting is the process of drawing new district boundaries for congressional, legislative and state school board districts based on each State’s resident population. Every ten years, the Delaware State Legislature redraws district boundaries based on the results of the most recent…

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DE Vaccine Providers Can Begin Pfizer Booster Vaccines for Certain Populations

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) today announced that the state’s vaccine providers can begin administering booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to certain populations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) formally voted to expand the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to…

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Delaware Seeing Increased West Nile Virus Activity

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An increase in mosquito-transmitted West Nile Virus (WNV) activity is occurring in many areas in Delaware as indicated in sentinel chickens used by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to monitor for certain mosquito-transmitted diseases. Twenty sentinel chicken stations are sampled weekly throughout the state each summer and fall to help track WNV and…

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Delaware Redistricting Process to Begin-Public Input Will be Taken As Well

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As the Delaware General Assembly begins its constitutionally mandated redrawing of legislative districts, legislative leaders on Friday announced multiple ways for the public to view the available data and participate in the redistricting process. Every 10 years, states must redraw their legislative districts based on the most recent federal Census data. This process, known as…

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Delaware’s Coronavirus Numbers Going Up

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While the week began with Delaware’s coronavirus new positive test numbers falling – Tuesday and Wednesday they again increased from 196 on Monday to 437 on Wednesday. The bulk of the positive tests are in New Castle County – and Sussex County dropped 2 to 111. Hospitalizations have again gone over 200 – the last…

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Carper Highlights Infrastructure Bill’s Clean Water Provisions

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Passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 could result in cleaner water in Delaware, according to Senator Tom Carper. Carper visited the Kent County Wastewater Facility in Milford Friday, saying that the bipartisan legislation will provide funding to update drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Communities and water system operators would have access…

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Del. Vaccine Policy Announced For State Employees, Long-Term Care Staff

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The following news release was issued by the office of Delaware Governor John Carney Thursday: Governor Carney and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Thursday announced that â€‹beginning on September 30, staff in long-term care and other health care facilities will be required to provide proof of vaccination or to undergo regular testing to prevent the transmission of…

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VIDEO | Sussex COVID Case, Vax Rates Draw Concern

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The Delta variant is driving up COVID-19 case numbers in Delaware, and hospitalizations have been going up recently as well. Governor John Carney and Delaware Public Health Director Dr. Karyl Rattay outlined the current situation facing The First State in a virtual presentation Thursday. Rattay said several ZIP Codes in western Sussex County are being…

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Swimmer Injured in Rehoboth

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Teen and man critically injured in other incidents in Bethany and Fenwick This summer has been good so far with a low number of surf injuries in Rehoboth Beach. One of the few people taken to a hospital this past holiday weekend from the beach in Rehoboth was this 26-year-old man who dislocated or broke…

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DE’s May Unemployment Over National Average

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Delaware’s May unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national average at 5.9% – the national rate is at 5.8%. In Sussex County the rate is at 4.4% – a drop from 5.6% in April. During the pandemic lock-down in May of last year there were 63,000 Delawareans unemployed, but as the pandemic restrictions were…

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Rescue Funds Start Arriving To Del. Local Governments

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Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 are making their way into the accounts of local governments in Delaware. State Treasurer Colleen Davis said Wednesday that her office has been developing a process to make delivery of rescue plan funds as fast and efficient as possible. Government officials submitted their budget information through…

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Sen. Stephanie Hansen seeks to Advance Community Solar in Delaware

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Thousands of Delawareans currently unable to benefit from the cost savings and low carbon footprint of solar power could soon reap the benefits of renewable energy through a new class of community-solar generating facilities enabled by legislation introduced by Sen. Stephanie Hansen on Thursday.  Senate Bill 2 would provide the legal framework for Delmarva Power customers to take…

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Del., Md. Monitor Gas Supplies Following Pipeline Disruption

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The Governors of Maryland and Delaware are responding to the possible effects of the Colonial Pipeline hacking on the region’s gas supply. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan Wednesday authorized Transportation Secretary Greg Slater to issue emergency waivers of weight restrictions and hours-of-service requirements for Maryland ‘motor carriers.’ Hogan added that the gas supply chain is still…

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Saturday is Drug Take Back Day in DE from 10am to 2pm

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Delaware will hold its 20th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Delawareans can discard their expired or unused medications at 25 locations statewide between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Organized nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is operated locally by the Division of Public Health (DPH).…

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DE to Start 10-Digit Dialing April 24

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Federal communications officials are urging all Delawareans to start dialing the area code and 7-digit phone number on local calls starting on April 24, 2021. The change is due to a decision made by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last summer. On July 16, 2020, the FCC adopted rules to establish 9-8-8 as the new, nationwide phone number…

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DE Governor Dale Wolf Dies at 96

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Governor John Carney at the start of this week’s coronavirus update announced the passing for former Governor Dale Wolf. Wolf died last Saturday, March 20 – he was 96. Wolf was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Republican Party, who served for three weeks as the 70th governor of Delaware.…

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Carney Updates Omnibus COVID-19 State Of Emergency

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Governor John Carney has issued his 6th modification of his COVID-19 Omnibus State of Emergency Declaration which expands permitted crowd sizes late next week and allows youth and amateur sports tournaments to proceed with a plan approved by the Division of Public Health. Effective Friday February 12th at 8:00 a.m., restaurants, retail locations, gyms, houses…

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