Testing Partnership with Nemours & Pediatric Care Providers across Delaware Announced

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Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced on Friday that the State of Delaware will partner with Nemours Children’s Health System, the Delaware Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other pediatric care providers in Delaware to make rapid COVID-19 tests available for Delaware children and adolescents statewide.  Delaware…

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Gov Carney Extends State of Emergency Declaration Another 30 Days to Fight Spread of Coronavirus

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Governor John Carney on Friday formally extended the State of Emergency declaration another 30 days to confront community spread of COVID-19, and issued the following statement: “We remain committed to getting more children in school, and more Delawareans back to work. To do that, we need Delawareans to stay vigilant, and follow the public health precautions to…

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DelDOT Secretary Cohan Announces Retirement

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Governor John Carney on Friday announced the retirement of Jennifer Cohan, Secretary of the Delaware Department of Transportation, following 31 years of service to the State of Delaware. Cohan will serve through October, when she will join Leadership Delaware as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Secretary Cohan has been a tremendous asset to our team and…

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Gov Carney Formally Extends State of Emergency

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Governor John Carney on Monday formally extended the State of Emergency declaration another 30 days to confront community spread of COVID-19, and issued the following statement:  “For months, Delawareans and Delaware businesses have made significant sacrifices to flatten the curve, and protect the health of their family members, friends, and neighbors. We are beating COVID-19. Let’s not…

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UPDATED: Gov Carney & Ed Secretary Bunting Planning for Reopening of DE Schools

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UPDATED 5/19 11:45am – The public is encouraged to participate in these meetings. The first meeting is at 2pm Thursday, May 22. Click on this link for more information – https://publicmeetings.delaware.gov/Meeting/66051 ======================================== Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting announced a public strategy on Monday to plan for the safe reopening of Delaware…

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Gov Carney Issues Updated Guidance for DE Houses of Worship

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Governor John Carney on Monday issued updated guidance for churches and other houses of worship in Delaware. The guidance – created in coordination with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) and the Delaware Council of Faith-Based Partnerships – encourages virtual services but expands the ability for churches and other houses of worship to conduct in-person services with restrictions.…

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Gov Carney Announces Statewide Contact Tracing Plan for Coronavirus

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Governor John Carney on Tuesday announced that the State of Delaware entered into an agreement with the nonpartisan research institution NORC at the University of Chicago to build Delaware’s statewide contact tracing program to contain COVID-19, limit Delawareans’ exposure to the disease, and restart Delaware’s economy. The contact tracing program builds on Delaware’s statewide plan to test up to 80,000 Delawareans…

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Letter to Gov Carney from Delaware House of Representatives’ Republican Caucus on Coronavirus Restrictions

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The Delaware House of Representatives’ Republican Caucus sent a letter to Governor John Carney today basically saying enough is enough. They said they were supportive of the initial State of Emergency declaration after health experts believed the actions were necessary. In the letter they say, “Today is the 49th day Delawareans are living under the…

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Gov Carney Partners with Health Providers and Sussex Employers on Community Testing Sites & Outreach, Education

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Governor John Carney on Wednesday announced a partnership with the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH), the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Westside Family Healthcare, local hospital systems, poultry industry employers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and trusted community partners to stand up…

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Sussex Sees Increase in Infection, but Coronavirus Recovery is in our Future

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Governor John Carney during his Friday coronavirus update talked about looking towards recovery.  However currently the numbers are not showing any flattening of the curve in positive cases and hospitalizations.  The numbers are showing an increase in infection in Sussex County, which Public Health Director, Dr Karyl Rattay says is mostly focused around the poultry…

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Governor Carney Closes Non-Essential Businesses

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Effective Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Governor Carney has ordered all non-essential businesses to close until further noticed. For a list of the types of businesses that are allowed to be open and those closed, visit https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/177/2020/03/Delaware-list-of-essential-and-nonessential-businesses-March-22-2020.pdf  

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Gov Carney Modifies State of Emergency Again

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Governor Carney has modified his State of Emergency and ordered the closing of bowling alleys, concert events, movie theaters, sports facilities, fitness centers and health spas to close as of 8am Thursday. Also no senior center, nursing home/retirement facility, assisted-living facility shall knowingly permit a gathering of more than 10 persons that includes any person…

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8th Positive Test for Coronavirus in Delaware as Gov Carney Limits Restaurants, Bars & Taverns and Closes DE Casinos

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Governor John Carney today modified his emergency declaration from last week to limit Delaware restaurants, taverns and bars to take-out and delivery service only to help prevent spread of the coronavirus.  This takes effect at 8pm tonight/Monday night.  The governor is also banning public gatherings of 50 or more people and is closing gaming activity at…

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Governor Carney Closes Delaware Schools

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Governor John Carney on Friday directed all Delaware public schools close from March 16-27, to allow schools to prepare for potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The following is an excerpt from a letter Governor Carney sent to superintendents and charter school leaders on Friday:   Over the next two weeks, the State of Delaware will work with…

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Gov Carney to Sign HB 74/Take Care Delaware This Afternoon

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This afternoon Governor John Carney will sign House Bill 74 which enables a key component of the Take Care Delaware program.  This is a partnership between law enforcement and schools to adopt a trauma-informed approach to children who have been identified at the scene of a traumatic event.  Based on the national “Handle with Care”…

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Gov. Carney to Announce Next Phase of “Keep DE Litter Free” Campaign

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This afternoon in Wilmington, Governor John Carney will announce the Delaware Anti-Litter Alliance – a coalition of mayors and county executives statewide that have committed to encouraging their residents to not litter, and to help protect our public spaces. This is the next phase of Governor Carney’s “Keep DE Litter Free” anti-litter campaign and he’s…

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Gov John Carney Town Hall in Lewes on Wednesday

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Governor John Carney will be in Sussex County for a Town Hall meeting to discuss his State of the State and proposed budget. The meeting is Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. The presentation will be followed by time for questions and answers from the public.  

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Text of Gov. John Carney’s State of the State Address

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CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF GOV CARNEY’S STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS Lt. Governor Hall – Long, Mister President Pro Tem, Mister Speaker, Members of the 150th General Assembly, Members of the Cabinet, Distinguished members of the Judiciary, invited guests, and my fellow Delawareans: Thank you for inviting me into the chamber today. I…

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Gov Carney to Announce Education Initiative in Dover Tuesday

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On Tuesday afternoon, Governor John Carney and State Education officials and advocates will announce an education initiative to provide support for English learners and low-income students statewide.  The announcement will be made at his Dover office at Legislative Hall at 1:30pm.  

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Gov Carney & DelDOT To Announce Statewide Infrastructure Investments

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On Monday morning Governor John Carney and DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan will announce $4-billion in infrastructure investments throughout the state.  This is part of the FY20 – FY25 Capital Transportation Program.  Sussex County residents made suggestions to the county government on transportation projects they thought needed attention – and many of those projects were included…

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Gov Carney to Sign Executive Order to Make DE a Trauma-Informed State

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Governor John Carney will sign an Executive Order Wednesday afternoon that will make Delaware a trauma-informed state to mitigate the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and build resilience in children, adults and communities. This Executive Order will direct the Family Services Cabinet Council to develop tools for training state employees and community partners on…

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Gov Carney to Sign Cat Protection Bill Monday

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On Monday, Governor John Carney will sign HB 235 into law – to protect free-roaming cats in Delaware.  The signing will take place at 2pm at Faithful Friends in Wilmington.  The law states that free-roaming cats deserve the full protection of animal cruelty laws and that shelters have the full protection of the law to implement return-to-field programs.  The new…

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