Head of DEMA tests COVID-19 positive

November 28, 2020
AJ Schall, director of the Delaware Emergency Management Agency, tested positive for COVID-19 Nov. 27 following a test given to him two days earlier.
Schall developed minor, cold-like symptoms Nov. 25 after testing negative for COVID-19 on Nov. 23, along with one of his sons, said Jeff Sands, DEMA spokesman.
On Nov. 25, Sands said, Schall was again tested, and he received a positive test result Nov. 27. Schall is home in isolation and remains in contact with the governor's office and DEMA leadership. His sons and mother are following guidance from the Division of Public Health, Sands said. 
"I am fortunate to have minor symptoms so far and appreciate the well wishes,” Schall said. “I am following all guidance from the Division of Public Health and encourage you to do the same. Wear a mask, physical distance, and get tested." 
To see all guidance from the Delaware Division of Public Health and for a list of testing sites statewide, go to
Gov. John Carney said he spent time with Schall Nov. 24, when the two attended a press conference in which they sat socially distanced. Carney said the Division of Public Health has not identified him as being in close contact with Schall, based on mask-wearing and social distancing precautions. “Out of an abundance of caution, I am canceling public events this week and will exercise caution in any interactions with others, as always. We will hold our regular COVID-19 press briefing virtually this coming Tuesday,” Carney said.

“This only underscores the seriousness of this virus. It’s a real threat, especially for our most vulnerable friends, neighbors and loved ones. Let’s all do our part to limit the spread this winter. Wear a mask. Think twice before gathering with friends or family outside your household. We’ll get through this,” Carney said.


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