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Unemployment filings continue to surge in Delaware

Apr. 9, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delawareans are continuing to file unemployment claims in huge numbers amid the coronavirus outbreak that has forced businesses to close and lay off workers. The Delaware Department of Labor reported Thursday that more than 18,800 unemployment filings were made last week. That’s...

Delaware shop owner threatens mask wearers on social media

Apr. 9, 2020 7:54 AM EDT

MILFORD, Del. (AP) — A Delaware distillery owner threatened to point a shotgun at anyone who tries to enter his store wearing a mask, a news outlet reported. Eric Fibelkorn made the threat on Sunday in a Facebook message that was later deleted, saying that people who come into Feebs Distilling Co. in...

Coronavirus cases reported at Delaware psychiatric hospital

Apr. 8, 2020 8:11 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Several patients and staff members at Delaware’s state-run psychiatric hospital have been infected with the coronavirus, state officials said Wednesday. The Department of Health and Social Services reported that five patients and three staff members at the Delaware Psychiatric...

Delaware Gov. John Carney meets with staffers during a tour of the State Health Operations Center on Monday, March 16, 2020 to get an update on how Delaware is monitoring and responding to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Randall Chase)

Delaware police stop out-of-state cars to enforce quarantine

Apr. 8, 2020 6:21 AM EDT

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Rehoboth Beach Police in Delaware announced they are monitoring cars with out-of-state license plates to enforce the governor’s mandate for out-of-state visitors to self-quarantine for two weeks. The city of Rehoboth Beach said in a news release Tuesday that police have...

Delaware reports first virus case involving prison inmate

Apr. 7, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials are reporting the first coronavirus infection involving a state prison inmate. The Department of Correction said Tuesday that the inmate at the state’s maximum-security prison was tested Monday after registering a fever and was moved to the infirmary. Officials...

Ex-inmate who escaped conviction in fatal riot back in jail

Apr. 7, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware inmate who escaped conviction for his alleged involvement in a fatal prison riot is back behind bars on unrelated charges. Obadiah Miller, 27, was being held Tuesday at Howard Young prison in Wilmington after being charged with violating probation and possession of...

US Navy welcomes 1st submarine named after Delaware

Apr. 6, 2020 9:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first U.S. Navy submarine named after the state of Delaware was officially welcomed to the fleet over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Defense announced. The USS Delaware, a fast attack submarine, was commissioned administratively and transitioned to normal operations Saturday,...

Delaware declared major disaster area by Trump due to virus

Apr. 5, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware on Sunday become one of the latest U.S. states declared a major disaster area by President Donald Trump amid the new coronavirus outbreak, giving the state access to more federal assistance to confront the outbreak. Trump’s announcement was the latest in a series...

What to name biggest piece of Delaware's national park?

Apr. 5, 2020 10:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Federal officials are working to finalize a name for the outdoor centerpiece of Delaware's First State Historic National Park. The park was federally designated in 2014 and is made up of seven locations — places like the Old Swedes Historic Site in Wilmington and the Court...

Delaware police use checkpoints for governor's travel order

Apr. 4, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware police are enforcing Gov. John Carney’s latest order to blunt the spread of COVID-19 in part with checkpoints designed to discourage out-of-state visitors from entering the state. Carney’s order allows any Delaware law enforcement officer to stop a vehicle...