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Carney formally extends state of emergency declaration 30 days

Delaware News Desk
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Gov. John Carney on July 6 formally extended the state of emergency declaration another 30 days to confront community spread of COVID-19.

“For months, Delawareans and Delaware businesses have made significant sacrifices to flatten the curve, and protect the health of their family members, friends and neighbors,” said Carney in a statement the same day. “We are beating COVID-19. Let’s not go backwards. Wearing a face mask in public settings is still required by this state of emergency declaration. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Keep your distance from others outside your household. We know from public health experts that following these basic health precautions is the best way to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Thank you to all Delawareans and visitors who are following these precautions. Whether or not you have symptoms, consider getting a test to help us track the spread of this disease. Locations are available at de.gov/gettested. Stay vigilant. We will get through this by continuing to work together.”

Carney's state of emergency declaration — including each of its modifications — carries the full force and effect of law. Delawareans and visitors also must follow local restrictions in place to limit community spread of COVID-19.

Anyone with a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, should call Delaware 211. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can text their ZIP code to 898-211. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Health or medically-related COVID-19 questions can also be submitted by email to dphcall@delaware.gov.

DPH will continue to update the public as more information becomes available.

For the latest on Delaware’s response to COVID-19, visit de.gov/coronavirus.