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State sets May 3 memorial ceremony for COVID dead

Betsy Price Government, Headlines

A memorial tree and plaque will be unveiled during a Delaware COVID-19 memorial ceremony. Photo by Pascal Muller/Unsplash   The state will hold a memorial ceremony May 3 to remember the Delaware parents, siblings, children and friends  and those who have died so far because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and those whose lives have been affected by those losses. It …

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State: Students should be tested for COVID after spring break

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    With COVID-19 cases rising again, the state Division of Public Health and Department of Education are asking parents to have their children tested the day before they return to the classroom. Spring break for most Delaware schools will occur the week of April 18. Families can use over-the-counter tests — which some schools gave to student families during …

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Drop in COVID-19 cases, federal money means changes in Delaware

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to decline in Delaware, the state is shifting its weekly stats update to monthly. The next one will come out April 22. The Friday announcement also said the federal program that reimbursed providers for testing and vaccinating uninsured people will stop at 11:59 p.m. April 5. That means some providers may stop …

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Symphony to keep mask, vaccine rules for March 11 concert

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Conductor David Amado, center, leads the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in its February performance. Photo by Martin Martinez.   Even though The Grand Opera House in Wilmington has dropped its face mask and vaccine rules, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will continue to require them for its March 11 concert there. J.C. Barker, executive director of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, said while …

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Most public schools have made wearing face masks optional

Jarek Rutz Education, Headlines

Only 7 public schools in Delaware have not yet lifted their face mask requirement. Photo by Rondae Productions/Pexels   Only two days after Gov. John Carney lifted Delaware’s school mask, virtually all schools have ditched the requirement and made face masks optional for teachers and students. Carney on Tuesday lifted the school mask mandate, effective at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. …

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No Delaware hospitals plan to lift mask mandates soon

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

    Delaware hospital still require face masks to work or visit there. The hospitals issued a press release Tuesday to remind the public as state school and court masking rules were lifted this week. “While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining, protecting immunocompromised and severely ill patients from COVID-19 exposure continues to be a priority for Delaware hospitals,” said …

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The Grand lifts mask, vaccine requirements for audiences

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

While The Grand has dropped its mask, vaccine requirements, it recommends people continue to wear them during performances because it draws patrons from such a large area. Photo by Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography   Well, you can whoop it up all you like at The Grand Opera House’s performances now that the venue has suspended its COVID-19 mask mandate and …

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DelTech drops vaccination, testing, indoor masking rules

Betsy Price Headlines

Delaware Technical Community College followed CDC guidelines and dropped COVID-19 restrictions.   Delaware Technical Community College announced Tuesday that it was lifting vaccination, testing and mask requirements for employees, student and visitors, effective immediately. It reserved the right to require masking when should a county meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s standards for masking. “After consultation with the …

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Carney ends weekly COVID briefings, but not vaccine, booster push

Betsy Price Headlines, Health

DHSS Secretary Molly Magarik said the state will now shift to living with the COVID-19 virus.   As the number of new Omicron cases continues to drop in Delaware, Gov. John Carney said Tuesday he will once again suspend his weekly COVID-19 press briefings. The state will, however, continue to push for residents to take vaccines and booster shots, which …

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Schools unlikely to lift mask mandate early, despite parent pleas

Betsy Price Education, Headlines

  Gov. John Carney announced Monday that he would lift his indoor mask mandate Friday — except for schools, where masks are required until March 31. On Tuesday, parent Benjamin Kennedy asked the Appoquinimink School District Board to not wait and to get rid of masks in schools on Friday. The next night, parent Brandon Bushon asked the Red Clay …