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YRS Gives COVID Update, Temporarily Suspends VisitationDate Posted: November 20, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Third Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 Emergency Order Date Posted: November 20, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: November 20, 2020: Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Reported, Hospitalizations IncreaseDate Posted: November 20, 2020
Christina senior secretary named Delaware’s first Educational Support Professional of the YearDate Posted: November 20, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness Releases Delaware Volunteer Fire Service Special ReportDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DSHA’s Eviction Defense, COVID-19 Rental Assistance, and Homes for Grads Programs Win National AwardsDate Posted: November 19, 2020
DNREC Opens Brandywine Zoo Madagascar ExhibitDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Delaware’s First Mental Health Parity Examinations CompleteDate Posted: November 19, 2020
Regional Coalition of Northeast Governors: Colleges Will Be Encouraged to Provide Testing for StudentsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Electronic Tax Filing Requirements for BusinessesDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Additional Direct Support Now Available to Small Businesses Applying for DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: November 18, 2020
Second Suspect Charged For Murder Of Madison SparrowDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Additional COVID-19 RestrictionsDate Posted: November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 17, 2020
Delaware Launches Free CyberStart America ChallengeDate Posted: November 17, 2020
20 District/Charter Educational Support Professionals of the Year honored, one to be named state winnerDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Finalist for International Insurance Domicile of the YearDate Posted: November 16, 2020
Delaware Division of Public Health Announces Data Breach IncidentDate Posted: November 15, 2020
Relief Fund’s Community Resiliency Fund Applications Due Nov. 15Date Posted: November 14, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update-Nov. 13, 2020: New Daily Cases Continue to Spike; Hospitalizations, Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Unified Command For Oil Incident Along Delaware, Maryland Beaches Suspends Cleanup OperationsDate Posted: November 13, 2020
AG Jennings calls on Barr to reverse new policy that “will erode the public’s confidence in the 2020 election”Date Posted: November 13, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH Announce Testing Partnership with Nemours, Pediatric Care Providers across DelawareDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Secretary of State Bullock Sends Diwali Greetings and Well WishesDate Posted: November 13, 2020
Deadline Set For Applying To DE Relief Grant ProgramDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC Issues Croda NOV for Air Quality Permit ViolationsDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Joins the ALL-IN Foster Adoption ChallengeDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Public Health Officials Confirm First Flu Case of the 2020-2021 SeasonDate Posted: November 12, 2020
DNREC to Break Ground on Killens Pond Elevated WalkwayDate Posted: November 12, 2020
Delaware Veterans Day 2020Date Posted: November 10, 2020
More Delaware Beaches are Cleared of Oily DebrisDate Posted: November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 10, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Collect Toys as Holiday Gifts for Delaware ChildrenDate Posted: November 10, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: November 9, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Nov. 6, 2020: Delaware Sees Highest Single-Day Total of New Cases Since Height of PandemicDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Attorney General Jennings Secures Relief for Investors in Real Estate Joint VentureDate Posted: November 6, 2020
Reminder: FY 2022 Budget Hearings To Be Held Virtually Nov 9 – 20Date Posted: November 6, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Second Revision to Omnibus COVID-19 OrderDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Nominations to Key Administration PostsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Some Southern Delaware, Maryland Beaches Cleared of Oily Debris, Tar BallsDate Posted: November 5, 2020
Del. Museums Sponsor Three Virtual-Programs During NovemberDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Delaware Emitirá Beneficios de Emergencia Para Octubre a los Hogares Elegibles de SNAP, TANF, y Asistencia GeneralDate Posted: November 4, 2020
Statement from Attorney General Jennings on passing of Elaine and Wayne ManloveDate Posted: November 3, 2020
November 03, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Child and Adult Care Food Program offers meal reimbursementDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Unified Command for Delaware Coastal Oil Spill Assesses Cleanup Effort and Smaller Remaining Tar Balls on BeachesDate Posted: November 2, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing Sites Date Posted: November 1, 2020
Enrollment Open For Delaware’s Health Insurance MarketplaceDate Posted: November 1, 2020
URGENT: Get Your Ballot In!Date Posted: October 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – Oct. 30, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period 30 Days for Diamond State Port Corp.’s Proposed Container PortDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware, New Jersey, and Rhode Island Announce Coordination on COVID-19 Testing GuidanceDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Delaware to Issue Emergency Benefits for October to Eligible SNAP, TANF, and General Assistance HouseholdsDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Additional Delaware Hunting Seasons Open in NovemberDate Posted: October 30, 2020
Kent County added to Delaware’s spotted lanternfly quarantineDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Virtual Halloween Costume ContestDate Posted: October 29, 2020
Cleanup Operation Extends from Upper Delaware Bay to Ocean City, Md.Date Posted: October 28, 2020
OMB to Hold FY 2022 Online Budget Hearings November 9 -20Date Posted: October 28, 2020
Expanded eligibility and increased funding for hardest-hit industries now part of DE Relief GrantsDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Motorists Urged to Watch Out for Deer Crossing RoadwaysDate Posted: October 28, 2020
Antes de las elecciones, la Fiscal General Jennings les recuerda a los votantes de sus derechos y responsabilidades.Date Posted: October 27, 2020
Ahead of Election Day, Attorney General Jennings reminds voters of rights and responsibilitiesDate Posted: October 27, 2020
Workers’ Comp. Insurance Rates Drop for Fourth Consecutive YearDate Posted: October 27, 2020
October 27, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 26, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Early Childhood Education UpdatesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
DOJ secures Manafort and Gates-connected entity dissolutionsDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney, DPH, DEMA Announce Community COVID-19 Testing SitesDate Posted: October 26, 2020
U.S. Coast Guard, DNREC Recover 55 Tons of Oiled DebrisDate Posted: October 26, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Compassionate Champion Award RecipientsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Attorney General Jennings’ statement on Purdue Pharma plea agreementDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Revenue Announces Decrease in HSCA RateDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update – October 23, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths IncreaseDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Public Comment Open, Transcript and Presentation Available on Proposed Plastic Bag Ban RegulationsDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Oil Spill Cleanup of Delaware Bay Coastline Intensifies Today With Additional Resources DeployedDate Posted: October 23, 2020
Deadline for Second Round of TIIF Grant Application ApproachingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Trout Stocked in White Clay Creek for Fall FishingDate Posted: October 22, 2020
Unified Command, Incident Command Post Established for Oil Cleanup Efforts on Delaware ShoreDate Posted: October 21, 2020
COVID Alert DE Surpasses 50,000 Downloads of AppDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Health Care Relief Fund Date Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Continues Working to Assess and Clean Up Oil Spill in Delaware Bay and Southern BeachesDate Posted: October 20, 2020
Victrola Museum’s virtual Halloween program on Oct. 30, 2020Date Posted: October 20, 2020
October 20, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: October 20, 2020
DNREC Emergency Response Working to Control Oil Spill That Washed Ashore at Broadkill BeachDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Deadline Extended until October 25 for Governor’s Outstanding Volunteer Service AwardsDate Posted: October 19, 2020
Delaware Announces Grant Program for Contract Poultry Growers Impacted by COVID-19Date Posted: October 19, 2020
Governor Carney Authorizes Delaware National Guard Cybersecurity Squadron to Support 2020 ElectionDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update Oct. 16, 2020: New Daily Cases, Hospitalizations Remain Elevated; Deaths Continue to IncreaseDate Posted: October 16, 2020
DSHA Celebrates Grand Opening of Splash Laundromat, Presents DDD Rebate CheckDate Posted: October 16, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of DE Relief Small Business Program to $150MDate Posted: October 15, 2020
GACEC Newsletter Features Middletown TeenagerDate Posted: October 15, 2020
State Auditor Kathy McGuiness and Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro Partner for a Fraud Town HallDate Posted: October 14, 2020
“Civil War Band of Brothers” virtual program from The Old State House on Oct. 22, 2020Date Posted: October 14, 2020
Beebe Healthcare Partners with Lewes Public Library, Delaware Libraries to Support Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Delaware Waterfowl and Trout Stamp Art Winners AnnouncedDate Posted: October 14, 2020
Red Clay’s Kimberly Stock named 2021 Delaware Teacher of the YearDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Overdose Medication Distribution Planned For Smyrna WednesdayDate Posted: October 13, 2020
Gov. Carney: Delawareans for Educational Opportunity, DE NAACP Agreement Makes Significant Investment in DE SchoolsDate Posted: October 12, 2020
Update to Lower and Higher Authority Appeals DeadlinesDate Posted: October 12, 2020

Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families | News | Date Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020

WILMINGTON – As public health officials report rising cases of coronavirus and Delaware grapples with increased community spread, the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families announced Friday it is taking immediate action to protect staff and youth in its secure care juvenile facilities.
Proactive screening and testing have identified that two youth residing at Stevenson House Detention Center have tested positive for coronavirus. The two positive youth cases are the first at secure care facilities since the COVID-19 pandemic started eight months ago.
“Since the pandemic began in March, the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services has prioritized the safety of our staff and youth by bolstering cleaning and screening protocol all the while continuing to provide needed services. We could not have done this without the dedication of our staff and the flexibility of our families during this time,” said Josette Manning, cabinet secretary of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF), which oversees the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services. “The coronavirus pandemic has impacted Delaware families in so many ways, which is why we have taken immediate action to protect our youth and staff. It hasn’t been easy, but our staff, youth and families have risen to the challenges of COVID-19 and embodied the true meaning of resilience.”
Once the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services (YRS) received the positive youth test results on Friday, staff initiated cleaning and notification protocol and worked to stand up a specialized COVID-19 care unit to care for youth. Staff are also wearing personal protective equipment as a precaution. Families of youth at Stevenson House Detention Center have been notified and youth are being monitored for symptoms during this time. As part of the facility’s monthly testing protocol, youth will receive COVID tests on Monday.
In order to protect personal health information, the Department cannot disclose additional information on the positive cases.
Additionally, effective immediately, YRS is temporarily suspending visitation to all of its Level IV and V secure facilities. YRS secure facilities include the New Castle County Detention Center, Stevenson House Detention Center, Ferris School and the Residential Cottages. Between the secure facilities, the Division currently cares for less than 80 youth.
During this time, YRS will offer increased phone and video calls for our youth to ensure they remain in contact with their families. The Division will continue to serve youth and meet their rehabilitative needs with core programming, which includes education and counseling.
In the last eight months since the pandemic began, 28 total secure care staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. YRS’ response to coronavirus has been multi-pronged. The Division has implemented COVID-19 protocol in accordance to the Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Measures include:
Training on proper cleaning techniques and screening protocols
Providing personal protective gear to facility and community-based staff
Daily temperature checks for youth and staff
Staff must wear face coverings and all youth have been provided face coverings at no cost
Youth are quarantined for 14 days upon entry to a secure care facility and monitored for symptoms
Special COVID-19 care units have been established in order to care for positive youth
COVID-19 testing is available to all youth monthly and all staff every two weeks
YRS has also purchased two disinfectant foggers to rotate between facilities for cleaning
Additionally, given the increase in COVID positive cases statewide, DSCYF will be working to post regular COVID secure care updates online at kids.delaware.gov.
The Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, are dependent, have mental health or substance use problems, and/or have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts, as well as prevention services targeted toward all youth. For more information, please visit www.kids.delaware.gov.
Media Contact: Jen Rini, jen.rini@delaware.gov
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Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families | News | Date Posted: Friday, November 20, 2020

WILMINGTON – As public health officials report rising cases of coronavirus and Delaware grapples with increased community spread, the Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families announced Friday it is taking immediate action to protect staff and youth in its secure care juvenile facilities.
Proactive screening and testing have identified that two youth residing at Stevenson House Detention Center have tested positive for coronavirus. The two positive youth cases are the first at secure care facilities since the COVID-19 pandemic started eight months ago.
“Since the pandemic began in March, the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services has prioritized the safety of our staff and youth by bolstering cleaning and screening protocol all the while continuing to provide needed services. We could not have done this without the dedication of our staff and the flexibility of our families during this time,” said Josette Manning, cabinet secretary of the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF), which oversees the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services. “The coronavirus pandemic has impacted Delaware families in so many ways, which is why we have taken immediate action to protect our youth and staff. It hasn’t been easy, but our staff, youth and families have risen to the challenges of COVID-19 and embodied the true meaning of resilience.”
Once the Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services (YRS) received the positive youth test results on Friday, staff initiated cleaning and notification protocol and worked to stand up a specialized COVID-19 care unit to care for youth. Staff are also wearing personal protective equipment as a precaution. Families of youth at Stevenson House Detention Center have been notified and youth are being monitored for symptoms during this time. As part of the facility’s monthly testing protocol, youth will receive COVID tests on Monday.
In order to protect personal health information, the Department cannot disclose additional information on the positive cases.
Additionally, effective immediately, YRS is temporarily suspending visitation to all of its Level IV and V secure facilities. YRS secure facilities include the New Castle County Detention Center, Stevenson House Detention Center, Ferris School and the Residential Cottages. Between the secure facilities, the Division currently cares for less than 80 youth.
During this time, YRS will offer increased phone and video calls for our youth to ensure they remain in contact with their families. The Division will continue to serve youth and meet their rehabilitative needs with core programming, which includes education and counseling.
In the last eight months since the pandemic began, 28 total secure care staff members have tested positive for coronavirus. YRS’ response to coronavirus has been multi-pronged. The Division has implemented COVID-19 protocol in accordance to the Division of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. Measures include:
Training on proper cleaning techniques and screening protocols
Providing personal protective gear to facility and community-based staff
Daily temperature checks for youth and staff
Staff must wear face coverings and all youth have been provided face coverings at no cost
Youth are quarantined for 14 days upon entry to a secure care facility and monitored for symptoms
Special COVID-19 care units have been established in order to care for positive youth
COVID-19 testing is available to all youth monthly and all staff every two weeks
YRS has also purchased two disinfectant foggers to rotate between facilities for cleaning
Additionally, given the increase in COVID positive cases statewide, DSCYF will be working to post regular COVID secure care updates online at kids.delaware.gov.
The Children’s Department provides services to children who have been abused, neglected, are dependent, have mental health or substance use problems, and/or have been adjudicated delinquent by the Courts, as well as prevention services targeted toward all youth. For more information, please visit www.kids.delaware.gov.
Media Contact: Jen Rini, jen.rini@delaware.gov
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Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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