Member Alert - 3.24.20
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AS OF MARCH 24,2020

Beebe Healthcare is offering 
COVID-19 testing at several locations

Testing requires an order from a healthcare provider. Patients should contact their provider for screening to determine if testing is appropriate. 

Beebe has a COVID-19 Screening Line for those who DO NOT have a provider. Call 
302-645-3200 to be screened for possible COVID-19 testing or another appropriate level of care.


2020 Firefly Music Festival - Canceled

At the direction of state and local authorities and federal guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Firefly Music Festival has been canceled.


Sussex County suspends all public hearings
indefinitely in response to COVID-19


Georgetown, Del., March 24, 2020: Sussex County government will suspend public hearings for ordinances, land use applications and other matters requiring citizen input until further notice, yet another example of the extreme measures being employed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak affecting Delaware and the nation.

County Council President Michael H. Vincent and County Administrator Todd F. Lawson announced Tuesday, March 24, 2020, that public hearings already scheduled for the County Council, Planning & Zoning Commission, and Board of Adjustment will be suspended indefinitely, and no new hearings will be scheduled for any County public body at this time. The action follows Delaware Gov. John C. Carney’s amended State of Emergency, specifically the ‘stay-at-home’ order issued for citizens that began Tuesday morning and is in effect through at least May 15 or until the public health threat has passed.

Meetings of the three Sussex County bodies will continue, as needed, in order for general business and other matters that have moved through the public hearing process to proceed. The public will not be permitted entry to any meetings, as permitted by emergency gubernatorial authority. However, all meetings will be broadcast live, and archived, on the County’s website at The public is urged to monitor the County website for updates on future meetings and agendas.

Meantime, County offices remain operational, but closed to the public. Only those individuals needing to drop off or pick up critical documents are permitted entry to the County Administrative Offices building, 2 The Circle, in Georgetown during regular weekday business hours.

Office of the Governor
Letter on School Closures

Over the past two weeks, we have implemented significant restrictions across Delaware to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Our goals are simple. We intend to limit the spread of COVID-19, prevent an increase in cases that our hospital systems cannot handle, and keep Delaware communities healthy.

We know this is an unusual and challenging time. I want to thank Delaware families, educators, and school leaders for all your work to keep Delawareans safe and healthy.

On March 13, after significant discussion with superintendents and charter school leaders, I ordered public schools to close through this Friday, March 27. This two-week period was intended to help school leaders and educators plan for what came next. We have spent a significant portion of the last week discussing plans for remote learning, the delivery of meals, and other social services.

Delaware children still deserve access to learning opportunities during this unusual time. And families rely on social services we deliver in our public schools. Tonight, I can share the following:
  • Districts and charter schools will remain closed through May 15.
  • Districts and charters are providing students with ongoing access to meals.
  • Districts and charters will work with their staffs to create remote instruction plans so students can continue to learn during this crisis. The Department of Education also has a list of learning activities.
  • The school calendar will likely be adjusted to go beyond when it was scheduled to end.
  • If possible, we hope to provide students with instruction, wraparound services, extracurriculars, and sports experiences once school resumes.
  • Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting plans to recommend forgiveness to the State Board of Education so that no district or charter would go beyond the end of June.
  • We submitted a waiver to the U.S. Department of Education requesting Delaware be exempt from assessment and accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year. While we strongly believe in measuring results, we want to use any remaining time in this year's school calendar for student instruction.
As we learn more about COVID-19, I will continue to take necessary action to keep Delawareans safe and healthy. We will remain committed to communicating directly with school leaders and your communities about our response, and the path forward for our state.

Thank you for your work, your understanding, and your flexibility during this challenging time. Please visit for continued updates on Delaware’s response. We will get through this. 

Governor John Carney
If you have questions, please give Carol a call on the Member hotline at 302-227-6446 or on her cell phone at 302-542-7547.
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