Today’s coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from around Delaware:
There are now 368 confirmed cases of the virus in Delaware, with eleven deaths and 49 individuals fully recovered. Fifty-one people are currently hospitalized.
- No more than 20 percent of stated fire capacity can be taken in the store at any given time and no more than 10 percent during exclusive hours for high-risk populations
- Clearly marked six-foot spacing in check-out lines and other high-traffic areas, including outside
- Discontinue any self-serve foods, or product sampling
- Designate staff to enforce the number of people coming into the store and enforce limits
Special Olympics Delaware has canceled the June 2020 Summer Games due to the coronavirus pandemic. Executive Director Ann Grunert said the decision was made with the health and safety of participants and fans in mind and that it was going to be “impossible for our athletes and teams to properly train leading up to the games.” Special Olympics Delaware has also delayed celebration of its 50th Anniversary until they are “able to come back together as an organization.”
US Senator Tom Carper has launched a new website with information for Delawareans about the $2 Trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed last week. https://www.carper.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/coronavirus
The website includes “Frequently Asked Questions” (FAQs) regarding
- Relief for small businesses and nonprofits
- Cash payments for individuals and families
- Access to new unemployment benefits
DART is limiting passengers on busses while waiving fares. Starting Thursday, April 2, DART will limit the number of passengers allowed on each bus at any given time, based on bus seating capacity. Passenger boardings will be through the rear door with fares waived. Riders needing boarding assistance will be allowed to continue boarding through the front door.
Wilmington announced new food sites are being added to the city’s meal distribution system. Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley Sr. said even more children and teenagers (any child under 18 years of age) can receive a combined breakfast and lunch meal and in some cases, a dinner. The so-called “grab and go” meal sites are in addition to regular after-school food sites available around Wilmington. Purzycki said more than 35,000 meals have been delivered since March 17 at multiple locations around City. See the updated list of sites down below.
Jewish Family Services (JFS) of Delaware have launched a free emotional support hotline; JFS OnCall is a confidential resource for our entire community, staffed with experienced and compassionate JFS social workers. Importantly this is not a crisis response line for mental health or other emergencies – it is a number to call to express worries, be heard, and gain support from a friendly professional. The hotline number is 302-781-4537 (4JFS) and the line with be open Monday through Friday, 9am-9pm.
Cancer Support Community of Delaware (CSCDE) is offering support for people with cancer by providing opportunities to connect with their support groups, as well as their mind/body stress reduction and educational programs via virtual and telephonic means, at no cost to the participant. Registration for their virtual programming is available at their website and is open to all Delawareans affected by cancer. In addition to virtual programming, CSCDE’s Program Directors, are also available during office hours, to speak with people on the phone individually who need support during this time. Call (302) 995-2850.
CSCDE currently provides an Emergency Assistance Fund, to help pay rent, mortgage, co-pays, and utilities. This is used to assist with the financial hardships that are synonymous with the life altering circumstances that come with anyone’s cancer journey.
List of City Food Distribution Sites
Parks and Recreation Director Kelley said beginning today and Thursday this week, two sites – the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center on North Madison Street, and Youth Empowerment on Sycamore Street – will start providing dinners on a trial basis between the hours of 4:30 and 5:50 p.m. A complete list of distribution sites is as follows:
|3rd and Connell Park||3rd and Connell Streets||10 – 11:30 a.m.|
|4th and Rodney Tot Lot||300-398 North Rodney Street||Noon – 2 p.m.|
|Ark South Learning Center||601 South Heald Street||10 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Ark Summer Camp||534 Vandever Avenue||10 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Beacon of Hope||4001 North Market Street||11 – 1 p.m.|
|Brown Chihocki||7th and Duncan Streets||12 – 12:30 p.m.|
|Clifford Brown Park||Clifford Brown Walk and 9th Street||10 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Eastlake||30th and Madison Streets||10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|Father Tucker Park||9th and Lincoln Streets||Noon – 2 p.m.|
|Helen Chambers Park||601 North Madison Street||Noon – 2 p.m.|
|Howard High School||401 East 12th Street||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Johnny’s Market||1116 Maryland Avenue||10 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|Kingswood Community Center||2300 Bowers Street||Noon – 2 p.m.|
|Kosciusko Park||Broom and Maple Streets||Noon – 2 p.m.|
|LJ’s Playpen Academy, Inc.||2601 Carter Street||Noon – 2 p.m.|
|Michael’s Park||300 Lower Street||12:45 – 1:15 p.m.|
|Neighborhood House Inc. / Southbridge||1218 B Street||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|One Love Park||24th and Tatnall Streets||10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|Police Athletic League||3707 North Market Street||10 – 11:30 a.m.|
|West End Neighborhood House||701 North Lincoln Street||11 a.m. – 1 p.m.|
|William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center||501 North Madison Street||Tues. / Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.|
|Woodlawn Library||2020 West 9th Street||10 – 11:30 a.m.|
|Youth Empowerment||1009 Sycamore Street||M/W/F 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Tues. / Thurs. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.