Delaware - COVID-19 Covered


Total Cases: 23,961 (October 25)
Fatalities: 681 (October 25)
  • Information on COVID-19 testing in Delaware can be found here.


Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Carney’s ninth modification to his State of Emergency set forth additional guidelines for essential businesses – related to occupancy, exclusive hours for high-risk population, six-foot spacing in checkout lines, discontinuance of self-serve foods and product sampling, and designating staff to count the number of customers entering and exiting stores, among other guidelines. (April 1) 
  • Governor Carney’s eighth modification to his State of Emergency allows childcare programs to be designated as emergency childcare sites. (March 30) 
  • Essential services in Delaware include natural resources and mining, utilities, construction, manufacturing, the majority of wholesale trade, select retail trade (such as food and beverage stores, gas stations, and appliance stores), the majority of transportation and warehousing, finance and insurance, healthcare and social assistance, among others. (March 22) 

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • The Delaware Department of Labor issued guidelines for employers and employees to follow when returning to work. (July 23) 
  • The Delaware Department of Labor announced the launch of a new UI benefits system to process claims for independent contractors and self-employed individuals, among others. (May 4) 
  • Governor Carney’s 13th modification to his State of Emergency requires businesses to take additional steps to maintain safety, including requiring employees to wear face coverings, providing face coverings and hand sanitizer, and denying entry to people who do not have a face covering, among others. (April 25) 
  • Governor Carney approved changes to the unemployment benefits program for the hospitality industry, including aiming to process claims in a week, allowing part-time income while collecting benefits, and not classifying tipped employees as minimum wage earners. (March 18) 
  • Under the State of Emergency, the Delaware Secretary of Labor is authorized to develop emergency rules, including to enhance the flexibility of the unemployment insurance program. (March 18)

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Carney and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Tuesday announced the creation of a Health Care Relief Fund to support Delaware health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis. The $100 million fund will support providers throughout the health care industry that have been on the front lines fighting COVID-19 in Delaware. (October 20) 
  • Governor Carney and the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) on Tuesday announced the creation of a Health Care Relief Fund to support Delaware health care providers during the COVID-19 crisis. The $100 million fund will support providers throughout the health care industry that have been on the front lines fighting COVID-19 in Delaware. (October 20) 
  • Governor Carney announced an expansion of Delaware’s DE Relief program, which provides direct grants to Delaware small businesses, and the Rapid Workforce Training and Redeployment Initiative, which provides rapid re-training for Delawareans who have lost jobs or income due to the COVID-19 crisis. With the expansion, $150 million is available in direct grant assistance for Delaware small businesses. (October 15) 
  • The Division of Social Services received federal approval to extend benefits under the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program to cover the months of August and September. P-EBT was authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide assistance to families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. (September 30) 
  • Delaware’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will issue another round of monthly emergency food benefits to eligible participants as part of the federal response to the coronavirus. The emergency benefits for September will be released Sept. 29 and will be automatically loaded to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards for use starting Sept. 30. (September 28) 
  • Governor Carney and New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer joined leaders of Delaware nonprofit and philanthropy organizations to announce the $25 million Delaware Nonprofit Support Fund, which will aid organizations that have provided critical services to Delawareans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (September 9) 
  • Emergency benefits will be issued to participants of Delaware’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for August as part of the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020. (August 27) 
  • Governor Carney and Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA) Director Anas Ben Addi announced the reopening of the Delaware Housing Assistance Program (DE HAP), which provides financial assistance for renters affected by COVID-19. Emergency mortgage assistance is also available for homeowners who have missed payments due to the pandemic. (August 10) 
  • Governor Carney announced that $10 million in CARES Act funding will go to a workforce development program designed to help unemployed and underemployed residents of the state. (August 3) 
  • The Division of Social Services was approved by the USDA to operate P-EBT, a program authorized by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act that will provide assistance to families whose children would have been receiving meals at school. (May 5) 
  • Governor Carney and the Delaware State Housing Authority announced a program to provide eligible households up to $1,500 in assistance, with payments made directly to property owners and utility companies. (March 26) 
  • Governor Carney’s sixth modification to the Declaration of a State of Emergency requires insurers not to cancel insurance policies of people and business-facing economic impacts of the crisis. (March 24) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Mayor Bowser announced that the DC Child Care Provider Relief Fund will provide $5 million in emergency operational funding to childcare facilities. (September 21) 
  • Brick-andmortar businesses located in a Great Streets Corridor can now apply for grants of up to $50,000. (September 14) 
  • The Department of Housing & Community Development is making up to $800,000 available for small businesses in the city’s 7th and 8th Wards. (May 15) 
  • Mayor Bowser announced more than $8 million in additional support for the District’s small business microgrant program. (April 29) 
  • Mayor Bowser launched the application for a new $25 million microgrant program to provide relief to local small businesses. (March 24) 
  • Mayor Bowser signed an emergency bill that would provide financial assistance for businesses likely to be impacted during the crisis. (March 17) 



  • Governor Carney extended the State of Emergency in Delaware for another 30 days. (October 2) 
  • Governor Carney announced that the state’s COVID Alert DE is now partnering with New York and New Jersey. (October 1) 
  • Governor Carney launched COVID Alert DEa mobile app that will help Delaware fight community spread of COVID-19. (September 15) 
  • Governor John Carney signed the 27th modification to his State of Emergency, combining all active COVID-19 restrictions into a single order. Governor Carney’s modification also formalizes the latest restrictions around bar service in Delaware beach communities and requires that businesses more strictly enforce face-covering requirements among their employees. (September 3) 
  • For Delaware’s long-term care facilities with low rates of COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health and Social Services will begin to review proposed plans from eligible facilities to resume indoor visitation. To protect residents and staff, visitation has not been permitted at Delaware’s 88 long-term care facilities since mid-March, when the state’s first positive COVID-19 case was announced. (September 3) 
  • Governor Carney signed the 25th modification to his State of Emergency declaration, formalizing new face-covering requirements for children. The modification also requires Delaware schools to notify families if they become aware of positive cases of COVID-19 in their schools. (August 26) 
  • Governor Carney, Chief Information Officer Collins, and Delaware Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting announced on Monday that $20 million in CARES Act funding will be used to build out additional infrastructure across Delaware, gather strategic data through a statewide speed survey, and acquire equipment and services for families in financial need to support remote learning and working. (August 24) 
  • Delaware will reportedly increase enforcement of COVID-19 restrictions at businesses across the state. (July 30) 
  • Rehoboth Beach has removed a mandatory face-covering requirement for individuals on the beach or in the water. (July 8) 
  • Governor Carney continued an eviction moratorium even as the state allowed for filings to move forward. (July 2) 
  • Governor Carney signed legislation authorizing residents to vote by mail in the 2020 primary, general, and special elections. (July 1) 
  • Governor Carney announced a delay in Delaware’s Phase 3 of reopening, which was slated to begin June 29, citing residents and visitors’ failure to follow public health precautions. (June 25) 
  • Governor Carney announced personal care services businesses may expand to 60 percent of stated fire code capacity, while youth and adult recreational sports tournaments may resume subject to approval by the Division of Public Health. (June 19) 
  • Governor Carney announced that Phase 2 of Delaware’s reopening would begin June 15. Retail establishments, restaurants, and other businesses that have been operating at 30 percent of stated fire capacity in the first phase may expand to 60 percent. Carney also announced a rolling reopening of personal care service businesses (including tattoo shops and massage therapy services), which may open at 30 percent of fire occupancy on June 8. (June 2) 
  • The Delaware Department of Agriculture issued guidance to help U-Pick farms safely open for the season. (May 20) 
  • Governor Carney issued updated guidelines for churches and houses of worship: gatherings must be limited to 30 percent of fire code occupancy, strict social distancing must be maintained, high-risk residents should not attend in-person services, and anyone 13-years-old or older must wear face coverings. (May 18) 
  • The thirteenth modification to the State of Emergency requires residents to wear face coverings in public, including in grocery stores, convenience stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and public transportation. (April 25) 
  • The seventh modification to Governor Carney’s emergency declaration ordered all out-of-state travelers into Delaware to self-quarantine for 14 days. (March 29) 



  • Delaware released new guidance to help schools safely allow fall sports. (September 2) 
  • Governor Carney and the Division of Public Health announced an update to Delaware’s face coverings guidance for children. Children entering kindergarten and older must wear face masks in public settings. (August 25) 
  • The Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association has voted to postpone high school sports until at least December. (August 6) 
  • Delaware schools will be permitted to reopen with a hybrid model of remote and in-person learning, with individual districts making their own plans. (August 4) 
  • Governor Carney says that the latest state data puts Delaware on track for a “hybrid” reopening of schools in the fall. (July 28) 
  • Delaware has released its official guidance for schools as they prepare to reopen for fall classes. (July 15) 
  • Governor Carney released guidelines for summer camps and summer school programs. (May 29) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Delaware colleges and universities planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 

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