COVID-19 Vaccination Program Will Open to Delawareans 16+ on April 6

Waitlist will open to all Delawareans aged 16 and older; Delawareans 16+ eligible for vaccine at pharmacies, mass vaccination events, and community sites  

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced Tuesday that on April 6, all Delawareans aged 16 or older will become eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacies, community vaccination sites, and mass vaccination events hosted by the State of Delaware. 

  • Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6, Delawareans who are 16+ may register on the State of Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination waiting list at vaccinerequest.delaware.govInvitations to state vaccination events will be contingent on supply and prioritized based on age and other risk factors, including pre-existing medical conditions. 
  • Pharmacies may also begin vaccinating Delawareans who are 16+ on Tuesday, April 6. 
  • Medical providers – including primary care doctors, specialty providers, and hospital systems – will continue to vaccinate only Delawareans aged 16-64 with moderate- and high-risk medical conditions and disabilities. Click here to view a list of updated medical conditions. 

Tuesday’s announcement makes all adults in Delaware eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine weeks ahead of President Biden’s target date of May 1. Access to appointments will be contingent on supply of the COVID-19 vaccines. 

As of Monday, March 29, Delaware providers had administered 439,391 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 30 percent of Delaware’s population has received at least one shot. 

“Today’s announcement means that more Delawareans who want to be vaccinated will have the chance to find a shot,” said Governor Carney. “All three of these vaccines are extremely safe, and extremely effective against serious illness, hospitalization, and death. I’d urge all Delawareans to take the first shot you’re offered. That’s how we’ll beat this virus, and get back to spending more time with friends and family.”

Visit de.gov/covidvaccine for information on Delaware’s COVID-19 vaccination program. 

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  

Visit de.gov/coronavirus to get the latest on Delaware’s response to COVID-19. 

Visit de.gov/gettested to learn more about free COVID-19 testing. 

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Delaware Public Health Announces 199 Additional Positive Cases, 7 New Deaths

SMYRNA (May 18, 2020) – The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) is announcing seven additional fatalities related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is providing an update on the number of positive cases and recovered individuals. All data reported through the daily updates are based on data received as of 6 p.m. the previous day.

In total, 297 Delawareans have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. Individuals who have died from COVID-19 ranged in age from 21 to 103 years old. Of those who have died, 155 were females and 142 were males. A total of 130 individuals were from New Castle County, 52 were from Kent County, 114 were from Sussex County, and one individual’s county of residence is unknown at this time.

The most recent deaths announced today ranged in age from 60 to 89. Three were female and four were male. Six were New Castle County residents, and one was a Sussex County resident. Six of the individuals had underlying health conditions. Three of the individuals were residents of long-term care facilities.

To protect personal health information, DPH will not confirm specific information about any individual case, even if other persons or entities disclose it independently.

The latest Delaware COVID-19 case statistics* cumulatively since March 11, provided as of 6 p.m., Sunday, May 17, include:

  • 7,869 total positive cases
  • New Castle County cases: 2,738
  • Kent County cases: 1,219
  • Sussex County cases: 3,861
  • Unknown County: 51
  • Females: 4,313; Males: 3,532; Unknown: 24
  • Age range: 0 to 103
  • Currently hospitalized: 240; Critically ill: 39 (This data represents individuals currently hospitalized in a Delaware hospital regardless of residence, and is not cumulative.)
  • Delawareans recovered: 3,545
  • 34,589 negative cases**

*Data are provisional and subject to change.

**Data on negative cases are preliminary, based on negative results reported to DPH by state and commercial laboratories performing analysis.

Additional demographic data on COVID-19 cases and deaths, including race/ethnicity, more age-specific data and rates information by ZIP code, can be found on the Division of Public Health’s My Healthy Community data portal.

As part of Delaware’s expanded statewide testing program, the state will be holding two drive-thru saliva-based COVID-19 testing events this week. Prior to attending, watch the following videos available in English and Spanish to learn about how to perform the test, in English: de.gov/testing, in Spanish: de.gov/pruebas. Please do not eat, drink, or brush your teeth 20 minutes prior to this viral test. Pre-registration at the below links is strongly encouraged.

Thursday, May 21 – Middletown High School
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Middletown High School, 120 Silver Lake Road, Middletown. Pre-register at delaware.curativeinc.com to reserve your place and reduce wait time. Limited on-site registration will be available.

Sunday, May 24 – Dover DMV
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at the Dover DMV, 303 Transportation Circle, Dover. Pre-register at delaware.curativeinc.com to reserve your place and reduce wait time. Limited on-site registration will be available.

As additional testing sites are scheduled, more information will be provided on the testing section of the Delaware coronavirus website at: https://coronavirus.delaware.gov/testing/.

Delaware is considering patients fully recovered seven days after the resolution of their symptoms. Three days after symptoms resolve, patients are no longer required to self-isolate at home; however, they must continue to practice strict social distancing for the remaining four days before returning to their normal daily routine.

If you are sick with any of the following symptoms, stay home: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle fatigue, chills, shaking with chills, loss of smell or taste. Other symptoms such as headache or digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain or lack of appetite) have been identified as potential symptoms related to COVID-19 and may prompt further screening, action or investigation. If you are sick and need essential supplies, ask someone else to go to the grocery store or the pharmacy to get what you need.

If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or have symptoms of illness, make sure to distance yourself from others, particularly vulnerable populations. Older adults and people of any age with serious underlying medical conditions – including serious heart conditions, chronic lung conditions, including moderate to severe asthma, severe obesity and those who are immunocompromised, including through cancer treatment – may have a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

The hospital systems in Delaware continue to offer testing through standing health facility testing sites. These testing sites require a physician’s order or prescription to be tested (*Bayhealth patients will be pre-screened via phone without needing to see a provider first). These are not walk-in testing sites. Those without a primary care provider can call the DPH Call Center Line at 1-866-408-1899. In New Castle County, individuals can call ChristianaCare at 1-302-733-1000 and Sussex County residents who do not have a provider can call the Beebe COVID-19 Screening Line at 302-645-3200. Individuals awaiting test results should wait to hear back from their medical provider. The DPH Call Center does not have test results.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Medical-related questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

In addition, the Division of Public Health asks any Delaware health care, long-term care, residential, or other high-risk facility with questions or concerns to email: DPH_PAC@delaware.gov or call the DPH Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 and press ext. 2.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.


Governor Carney, Secretary Bunting Announce Working Groups to Plan Safe Return to School Buildings

Working groups will focus on health and wellness, academics and equity, and operations and services

WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney and Secretary of Education Susan Bunting announced a public strategy on Monday to plan for the safe reopening of Delaware school buildings. Three COVID-19 School Reopening Working Groups will advise the Delaware Department of Education (DOE), Delaware school districts and charter schools on ways to safely and effectively reopen Delaware school buildings.

Last month, Governor Carney closed Delaware public school buildings for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to the threat of COVID-19.

The working groups will focus on:

  • Health and Wellness
    • Co-chair: Mike Rodriguez, Associate Secretary, Delaware Department of Education
    • Co-chair: Dr. Meghan Walls, Pediatric Psychologist, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
  • Academics and Equity
    • Co-chair: Monica Gant, Associate Secretary, Delaware Department of Education
    • Co-chair: Ashley Giska, Assistant Superintendent, Laurel School District
  • Operations and Services
    • Co-chair: Chuck Longfellow, Associate Secretary, Delaware Department of Education
    • Co-chair: Oliver Gumbs, Director of Business Operations, Cape Henlopen School District

“These working groups will provide important recommendations to Secretary Bunting and school and district leaders on how to safely return to school,” said Governor Carney. “I am pleased with the expertise these members bring to this important effort and look forward to their guidance on the key issues that Delaware’s superintendents and charter school leaders must consider before re-opening their buildings.”

Click on working group to view membership

  • Co-Chair Mike Rodriguez: Associate Secretary, Delaware DOE
  • Co-Chair Dr. Meghan Walls: Pediatric Psychologist, Nemours
  • Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald: Superintendent, Caesar Rodney School District
  • Dr. Laretha Odumosu: Executive Director, Charter School of New Castle Middle School
  • Dr. Susan Haberstroh: Director of School Support Services, Delaware DOE
  • Stacy Greenly: Counselor, Polytech High School
  • Dana Carr: Delaware Division of Public Health
  • Sue Smith: Nurse, Mispillion Elementary and member of the Professional Standards Board (PSB)
  • Dafne Carnright: Former Chair, Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens and Family Services Program Manager, Autism Delaware
  • Dr. Marisel Santiago: Director of Pediatrics, La Red Health Center
  • Rev. Provey Powell: Mt. Joy United Methodist Church and Delaware State Board of Education Member
  • Kristin Dwyer: Delaware State Education Association
  • Representative Valerie Longhurst: Delaware House Majority Leader
  • Representative Michael Smith: House Education Committee Member
  • Senator Laura Sturgeon: Chair, Senate Education Committee
  • Senator Anthony Delcollo: Senate Education Committee Member
  • Student Representative: Sussex Technical High School

  • Co-Chair Dr. Monica Gant: Associate Secretary, Delaware DOE
  • Co-Chair Ashley Giska: Assistant Superintendent, Laurel School District
  • Dr. Matt Burrows: Superintendent, Appoquinimink School District
  • Laura Schneider: Principal, West Seaford Elementary
  • Loretta Greig: Parent, Lake Forest High School and member of the Professional Standards Board (PSB)
  • Dr. Lisa Lawson: Executive Director of Special Education and Support Services, Brandywine School District
  • Eugene Young: President, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League
  • Dr. Maria Alonso: Board President, Academia Antonia Alonso Charter School
  • Rebecca Vitelli: 2020 Delaware Teacher of the Year, Colonial School District
  • Stephanie Ingram: President, DSEA
  • Allison Castellanos: ESL Professor, Delaware Technical & Community College
  • Gwendolyn Haar: English Teacher, Dover High School
  • Representative Kim Williams: Vice-Chair, House Education Committee
  • Senator Tizzy Lockman: Vice-Chair, Senate Education Committee
  • Representative Bryan Shupe: House Education Committee Member
  • Senator Brian Pettyjohn: Delaware State Senate, District 19
  • Student Representative: Smyrna High School

  • Co-Chair Dr. Chuck Longfellow: Associate Secretary, Delaware DOE
  • Co-Chair Oliver Gumbs: Director of Business Operations, Cape Henlopen School District
  • Dr. Sherry Kijowski: Principal, Caesar Rodney High School
  • Heath Chasanov: Superintendent, Woodbridge School District
  • David Hearn: Athletic Director/Drivers Ed Teacher, Delmar School District
  • Stacey Clark: Director of Instruction and Student Services, First State Military Academy
  • Natosha Rivera: Transportation Supervisor, Seaford School District
  • Gerald Allen: HR Director, New Castle County Vo-Tech School District and member of the Professional Standards Board (PSB)
  • Kristine Bewley: Manager of Information Systems, Red Clay Consolidated School District
  • Leolga Wright: School Board Member, Indian River School District
  • Mary Nash Wilson: Senior Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Delaware Office of Management and Budget
  • Jeff Taschner: Executive Director, DSEA
  • Mike Williams: Delaware PTA Secretary/Parent, Christina School District
  • Representative Earl Jaques: Chair, House Education Committee
  • Senator Dave Sokola: Senate Education Committee Member and Former Chair
  • Representative Charles Postles: House Education Committee Member
  • Senator Dave Lawson: Delaware State Senate, District 15

“We’re asking each working group to help the department develop a framework of essential actions that school district and charter school leaders should take to effectuate a safe return to school,” said Secretary Bunting. “These working groups also will help us reach out to our communities so that the ideas and concerns of Delawareans ground our work. These meetings will be open to the public, and I encourage participation across our state.”

Virtual meetings will be listed on the Public Meeting Calendar. The first meeting is Thursday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m.  

“Preparing for the next school year under these extremely difficult times is going to require a multifaceted approach,” said House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst, a member of the Health and Wellness working group. “It’s not enough to plan for the logistics of how the schools will physically operate and how to ensure all students receive the quality education they deserve. We also have to prepare to address the mental health challenges that many of our children will face. This has been a stressful time for everyone, and children are no different. If we want this unique upcoming school year to be successful, we have to address students’ mental health and wellness.”

“It is imperative that we protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of students and staff when we reopen our schools,” said Stephanie Ingram, President of the Delaware State Education Association. “Our primary goal is to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of all students. These state work groups will give educators a voice in the decision-making process while making sure their thoughts and concerns are heard. This is all about safety. We do not want to rush into a decision that puts anyone in harm’s way.”

“As we work to transition from remote learning back into our school buildings, supporting the health and wellness of our students and staff members is imperative,” said Mike Rodriguez, Associate Secretary of Student Support at the Delaware Department of Education. “I’m excited to work with these leaders from across our state to recommend what programming, supports and protections are needed.”

The working groups, which include student representation and members of the General Assembly, will make final recommendations to DOE in July. The working groups will continue to meet through September 2020, or an alternate time period as set by Secretary Bunting. DOE will provide staffing support to the working groups.

“I’m honored to co-chair this workgroup to support Delaware students as we navigate how to make the safe transition back to school,” said Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and co-chair of the Health and Wellness working group. “Among our many considerations are the impact of social and emotional distancing and the importance of employing science-based practices to help students return safely to a new normal, prepared to learn.”

“I am honored to work with such a talented group of stakeholders on what will be one of the most impactful challenges on public education in modern history,” said Ashley Giska, Assistant Superintendent at Laurel School District and co-chair of the Academics and Equity working group. “While the logistics of supporting our students academically and with equity as a driving force will be great, the innovation coming from all of our schools in such a short span of time has been truly inspiring. I am certain we can create a robust path forward for all students in Delaware to grow and thrive as learners in this new environment.”

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 2-1-1. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Health or medically-related COVID-19 questions can also be submitted by email at DPHCall@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.

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New System To Support Applications For Pandemic Unemployment Announced

Wilmington – Today, May 04, 2020, the Delaware Department of Labor is announcing the launch of a new unemployment insurance benefits system that will process claims for independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and others as detailed in the CARES Act. These individuals can file benefits claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning the week of May 11, 2020.
 
Under federal guidelines, for workers to be eligible for PUA, they must first apply for benefits through the traditional unemployment system and be denied. Applicants will then receive a letter of denial for traditional unemployment benefits.
 
The denial letter will trigger a second letter explaining their potential eligibility for PUA and specific instructions on how to apply. The letter will explain information on the following:
  • How to access the new PUA Benefits website
  • Login details for logging into the website.
  • Documentation required when applying for PUA benefits.
 

PUA FAQ’s

What are the requirements for me to be eligible to get PUA benefits?
  • To be eligible for PUA benefits you must submit a self-certification as part of your PUA claim attesting that you meet one of the following COVID-19 reasons:
  • I have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or am experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and am seeking a medical diagnosis;
  • A member of my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • I am providing care for a family member or a member of my household who has been diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • A child or other person in my household for which I have primary caregiving responsibility is unable to attend school or another facility that is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency and the school or other facility care is required for me to work;
  • I am unable to reach my place of employment because of a quarantine imposed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • I am unable to reach my place of employment because I have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19;
  • I was scheduled to commence employment and do not have a job or am unable to reach the job as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency;
  • I have become the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of my household has died as a direct result of
    COVID-19;
  • I had to quit my job as a direct result of COVID-19; or My place of employment is closed as a direct result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.
 
 

When Can I Apply?

The system will be online and ready to take applications as of the week of May 11, 2020.
 
 
What Should I Do Now? 
If you are covered under PUA and have not applied through our traditional unemployment system, please visit  http://ui.delawareworks.com to apply online.
 
Note: If you are eligible for benefits under PUA, have applied for unemployment benefits through the current system, and received a denial of benefits or received a determination letter showing “Zero” or insufficient wages, you have already completed the first step of this process and will receive a PUA application letter once your claim has been  transferred to the new system.
 
 
How much will my benefit be? 
Workers eligible for PUA benefits could receive anywhere from $733.00 to $1000.00 per week in total benefits. The minimum weekly benefit amount is $133 per week, it can be as high as $400 if documentation is provided to support a higher weekly benefit amount. Pay statements, W2s, 1099s, and tax returns are examples of documentation that can be submitted to support a higher weekly benefit amount. In addition to the weekly benefit amount, eligible individuals will receive an additional $600 per week in Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation.
 
Note: Eligible claimants will only receive the additional $600 benefit through the week ending July 25, 2020. Your approved unemployment insurance benefits may last, depending upon eligibility through the week ending December 26, 2020.
 
 
Will payments be retroactive?
Delaware’s system will allow applicants to apply for benefits back to the week of March 15th, 2020 when Governor Carney issued the first amendment to Delaware’s State of Emergency declaration. However, the added $600 benefit will only be retroactive to the week ending April 4, 2020.
 
 
What Are My Next Steps?
Submit your initial claim for Unemployment Benefits today using the current unemployment insurance benefits application system at www.ui.delawareworks.com. If you are covered under PUA and have not filed for traditional unemployment; You must first create an account and receive a claim number created in the existing system before submitting your application to receive PUA benefits. Again, if you have already completed this step, you will receive a letter with further instructions.  
 
 
Gather the Proper Documents.
The new PUA unemployment benefits application will require you to provide proof of identification. Please have ready the information below.
Applicants must provide (If applicable):
  • Social security number or ITIN
  • If you are not a citizen of the United States, your A Number (USCIS Number)
  • Your residential address
  • Your mailing address (if different from residential address)
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
  • Your date of birth
  • Your earnings records for 2019, which include (if applicable):
  • Tax returns
  • 1099 forms
  • Pay stubs
  • Bank statements
  • W2
  • If you want to use direct deposit for payment, your bank account and routing numbers. All others will receive payment via debit card.
  • If you operate as a business entity, a valid business license or proof of ownership.
 
To view our most updated frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding unemployment insurance, click here.

If you would like to be notified when the application for benefits is available for self-employed individuals and independent contractors in Delaware, text uifacts to 555888.
 
 
 
 
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Additional resources are available on our websites at dol.delaware.gov or ui.delawareworks.com. You can also call our offices at 302-761-8446. Call hold time is longer than usual. For a quicker response please email uiclaims@delaware.gov. Include your full name, including middle initial, contact information and claim number.
 
To process an initial claim for unemployment benefits please visit ui.delawareworks.com
 
Delawareans with questions about coronavirus [COVID-19] or their exposure risk can call the Division of Public Health’s Coronavirus Call Center at 1-866-408-1899 or 711 for people who are hearing impaired from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or email DPHCall@delaware.gov. For the latest on Delaware’s response, go to de.gov/coronavirus.
 
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Contact:
Kenneth Briscoe
Director of Communications
Delaware Department of Labor
kenneth.briscoe@delaware.gov


Delaware Angel Investor Tax Credit Applications Now Available

Refundable tax credit to encourage job creation, innovation

WILMINGTON, Del. – Qualified investors and high-tech small businesses can now make use of Delaware’s newest program aimed at encouraging job creation and innovation.

The Delaware Division of Small Business began Thursday accepting certification applications for the Angel Investor Tax Credit (AITC) at www.business.delaware.gov/incentives.

“We are excited to have the Angel Investor program up and running,” said Governor John Carney. “Now the state’s most cutting-edge small businesses can connect with much needed sources of capital investment. The influx of funds Angel Investor will create will help these companies and Delaware’s new economy to grow.”

Once a business or investor has submitted a certification application, the Division begins its review process. In January, certified companies and investors will be able to submit credit allocation requests.

“Angel Investor is a great way for the state to spur economic development and another useful tool for our Division as we work to help small businesses succeed in Delaware,” said Damian DeStefano, Director of the Division of Small Business.

The AITC is a refundable tax credit worth up to 25 percent of the investment in a qualified, Delaware-based company. Those businesses must pay decent wages, employ fewer than 25 people and engage in innovation in one of several areas as its primary business activity. More information on investor and business qualifications is also available at www.business.delaware.gov/incentives.

“Delaware’s new angel investor tax credit is a win/win for high-tech and science start-ups as well as investors. Delaware is home to some of the nation’s most innovative start-ups and now with Delaware’s new Angel Investor Tax Credit, science and high-tech entrepreneurs have even more incentive to choose Delaware to grow their businesses,” said Kurt Foreman, President and CEO of Delaware Prosperity Partnership.

“Growing entrepreneurial startups is a key success factor for the growth of the life sciences industry in Delaware,” said Helen Stimson, President and CEO of Delaware BioScience Association. “Having an Angel Investor Tax Credit program improves our competitiveness for entrepreneurial retention. Coupling the program with our unique technical grant writing support from the SBDC, and Delaware’s very attractive R&D tax credit program creates a strong value proposition for why startups should stay in Delaware.”

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