Week 22: COVID-19 cases continue to decrease

Sussex County districts are taking different paths to start of the new school year
August 13, 2020

Delaware’s COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations continue to fall. Even so, Gov. John Carney said there are no immediate plans to move into Phase 3 of the recovery plan under the COVID-19 state of emergency imposed in mid-March.

On Aug. 12 the state’s report included, one new death (high of 17 on May 13); 73 additional positive cases (high of 454 on April 25); 38 new hospitalizations (high of 337 on April 27); 15 patients in critical care (high of 71 on April 21); and 32 new patients recovered (high of 215 on May 19). Go to for more data.

• The Cape Henlopen School District is gearing up for a Wednesday, Sept. 16 start under a hybrid system, offering parents the option to send their children to school or stay at home with remote learning.

• The Milford School District will provide remote instruction only starting Wednesday, Sept. 9, with no in-school instruction for the first six weeks of the school year. Electronic devices and internet support will be provided to all students. The Delaware State Education Association is advocating that all schools begin with remote learning.

• The Laurel School School has also opted for a remote-learning start to the school year, which begins Monday, Sept. 14. Under the current plan, all students will change to a hybrid plan starting Nov. 9.

• In response to the pandemic, the state has initiated emergency financial housing assistance for homeowners and renters up to $5,000 for those affected by business shut downs, other closures, layoffs, reduced work hours and unpaid leave. Go to for more information.

• The 33rd annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup is transitioning from a one-day, in-person statewide project to a month-long personal commitment project urging residents to do cleanups locally. Go to

• Joining the long list of canceled events are the Nanticoke Indian Powwow, Dewey Goes Pink and Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival.






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