Covid 19 news
Starting this week, you will see some changes at the businesses allowed to remain open during the coronavirus state of emergency.
Signs, like the one below, are being posted outside of “high-risk” establishments, such as health care facilities, child care centers, nursing homes and state offices. Those facilities must now begin screening workers for fever and other coronavirus systems before they can report for work.
Restaurants, grocery stores and other retailers are also strongly encouraged to screen employees for coronavirus symptoms. Other precautions those businesses must take include:
• Limiting entry to no more than 20 percent of their capacity as set by the state fire marshal – and no more than 10 percent during exclusive hours for high-risk populations.
• Clearly marking 6-foot spacing in check-out lines and other high-traffic areas.
• Ending self-service food options
• Requiring staff to enforce the new limits on the number of people allowed inside.
Remember to please stay at home, if at all possible.
We’ll get through this – together.
DART policies during Covid-19 crisis
Update to Governors Emergency Orders - April 1
WILMINGTON, Del. – Governor John Carney on Wednesday signed the ninth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, further limiting public gatherings and ordering essential businesses to take specific steps to enforce social distancing and fight the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID19).
Governor Carney’s modified emergency order limits public gatherings to 10 people through May 15, or until the public health threat has been eliminated. For the purposes of the order, public gatherings include weddings, funerals, and related activities.
The order also requires new action from businesses that remain open. Under Governor Carney’s modified emergency order, businesses must:
- Allow no more than 20 percent of stated fire capacity in the store at any given time – and no more than 10 percent during exclusive hours for high-risk populations.
- Clearly mark six-foot spacing in check-out lines and other high-traffic areas, including outside.
- Discontinue any self-serve foods, or product sampling.
- Designate staff to enforce the number of people coming into the store and enforce limits.
“We will take action to enforce these restrictions if Delawareans, visitors, and businesses don’t comply voluntarily,” said Governor Carney. “Our goal is to save lives. This is a serious situation and we need everyone to cooperate. Don’t go out in public unnecessarily. If you need to go out, stay away from others. Wash your hands and follow basic hygiene guidance. We’ll get through this, but it’s going to take all of us.”
Effective March 16, the Modern Maturity Center is closed for all senior center activities. If you need services, please call 302-734-1200. Staff is available to help you. Meals on Wheels and adult day services with transportation continue at this time.
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Existing SNAP clients may receive additional benefits for March 2020 and April 2020
NEW CASTLE (March 30, 2020) – Emergency benefits will be made available to Delaware Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants for the months of March and April as part of a provision set forth by the federal Families First Coronavirus Responses Act of 2020.
Under this federal act – approved by Congress and signed into law March 18 by President Donald Trump – the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) will issue the emergency benefits to any household not already receiving the maximum monthly benefit. SNAP households that already receive the maximum monthly benefit will not receive additional funds.
The emergency benefits will allow the household’s monthly allotment to increase to the maximum allotment for a household of that size as follows:
|Number in SNAP Household
Each additional person $146
The emergency benefits for March will be released Tuesday evening, March 31, and will automatically load to recipients’ SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards for use starting Wednesday, April 1.
Emergency benefits for April will be issued April 30 and available May 1. SNAP households will receive their regular April benefits on their usual issuance date.
“These emergency benefits will provide much-needed relief for many Delawareans who are struggling to meet their families’ food and nutritional needs because of the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus crisis,” said Dr. Kara Odom Walker, Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). “Along with these new benefits, DHSS will continue to work with our fellow state agencies and community partners to help reduce the number of individuals and families who are worried about going hungry.”
Currently, more than 120,000 Delawareans receive SNAP benefits. The average size of a SNAP household in Delaware is 2.04 individuals and the average monthly benefit amount is $233. Individuals seeking to apply for SNAP benefits in Delaware may apply online through https://assist.dhss.delaware.gov/ or by phone at 1-866-843-7212.
Statement from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries
“I want to provide an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration.
The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019.
Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits.
Note for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients:
We are working closely with Treasury to address outstanding questions about our SSI recipients in an attempt to make the issuance of economic impact payments as quick and efficient as possible. We realize people are concerned, and the IRS will provide additional information at www.irs.gov/coronavirus
when available. Please note that we will not consider economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months.
To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.
Delaware Housing assistance program
Are you struggling to pay rent because you lost your job or had your hours cut back due the coronavirus pandemic?
Up to $1,500 in assistance is available through the newly created Delaware Housing Assistance Program.
To be eligible, applicants must live in Delaware, provide documentation that their employment or income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and meet certain income restrictions.
Click here for more information about the program: http://www.destatehousing.com/OtherPrograms/ot_dehap.php