Week 27: COVID-19 state of emergency passes six months

High school fall sports has green light to start practice on Monday, Sept. 28
September 21, 2020

Less than a week after schools opened, a Cape Henlopen High School student tested positive for COVID-19. School officials said the student has been quarantined at home for 14 days, and they said no other students or staff member was exposed.

Practice for a shortened high school fall sports season begins Monday, Sept. 28.

So far, 276,044 people have been tested in Delaware. The breakdown by race is: white, 123,788, or 48 percent of those tested; black, 49,210, or 19 percent; Hispanic, 20,871, or 8 percent; Asian, 5,586, or 2 percent; other or multiple, 19,318, or 7 percent; unknown, 57,271, or 22 percent.

Of that total, 256,214 have tested negative, 19,830 have tested positive and 552 people have died (347 in long-term care facilities).


Milford opens some schools for internet access

In the Milford School District, Mispillion Elementary, Milford Central Academy and Morris Early Childhood Center will be open for students of all ages to access the internet. Any Milford School District student can go to any of the designated schools, regardless of what grade they are in or what school they attend.

• Schools are open from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday

• Teachers will be available to help students connect and complete their schoolwork

• Students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade must be accompanied by an adult who will stay with them the entire time they are at the school

• Students should bring their Chromebook with them to connect

• All participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms at the door, must wear a mask while at the school and practice social distancing

The district offers in-person and remote learning options.


County libraries offer limited computer useage

Beginning Monday, Sept. 28, the three county-owned libraries – Greenwood, Milton and South Coastal – will allow the public to use computers and access other digital offerings by appointment only and limited to one hour, with stations socially spaced and cleaned after each use. Guests must call ahead to reserve an appointment, and will be subject to wellness screenings and temperature checks upon arrival. Masks will be required.

Since early summer, county libraries, as well as the 11 independent facilities, have offered curbside service for patrons to check out and return books and other materials. Additionally, libraries throughout the county have offered free wireless broadband internet service outside their facilities for the public to use. Those services remain in effect.

For Sussex County libraries updates, or for contact information, go to On-line resources are available for the public’s use at any time at


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