Delaware - COVID-19 Covered

Delaware

Total Cases: 15,634 (August 10)
Tests Administered: 198,119 (January 1)
Fatalities: 591 (August 10)
Testing:
  • Information on COVID-19 testing in Delaware can be found here.

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

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 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:

  • Lieutenant Governor Bethany Hall-Long is continuing to host virtual town hall meetings with stakeholders and members of the public to collect feedback to inform the state’s recovery plans. (May 4)
  • Governor Carney submitted an application requesting the US Small Business Administration provide Delaware an Economy Injury Declaration to make loans available to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties. (March 17)
  • Carney announced the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) to provide financial relief for restaurants, bars and other hospitality industry businesses (March 18); the program’s cap was later expanded to businesses with annual revenue below $2.5 million. (March 26)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Governor Carney on Wednesday formally extended the State of Emergency declaration another 30 days to confront community spread of COVID-19. (August 7) 
  • 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) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • 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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