Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today presented his weekly summary of news for residents and businesses regarding efforts to manage the evolving COVID-19 crisis. Today’s news includes details of new COVID-19 test sites in Wilmington, expanded statewide testing by the state government, relaxed rules for some businesses, and assistance for pet owners who are struggling to feed their animals during this period.
Essential City services remain largely uninterrupted as most of the men and women of City government are either working on-site or from home to keep the government functioning as efficiently as possible in the current environment. Mayor Purzycki today thanked City employees once again for their efforts during this difficult period.Ticketing, booting, and towing services are suspended as is the requirement that residents move their vehicles for street cleaning. Special trash pick-ups are also suspended, and yard waste collection has been moved to Wednesdays only until further notice.
City Employees Affected by COVID-19
There are 167 employees affected by the coronavirus, meaning they have either been tested for the virus, have been in close contact with someone such as a family member, co-worker or friend who has the virus, are exhibiting symptoms, or are in isolation or self-monitoring. Fifteen employees have tested positive for COVID-19, while 71 have tested negative and two others who are presumed positive and in self-isolation because they have been tested but do not yet have their results. There are 76 other employees who have no symptoms and have not been tested but are in self-isolation or self-monitoring. So far, 141 employees affected in some way by COVID-19 over the past several weeks, have returned to work.
Additional COVID-10 Test Sites in Wilmington
The Wilmington Community COVID-19 Mobilization Group (C19MG), in conjunction with City and State governments and St. Francis Healthcare, has announced three additional one-day health assessment and test sites to help keep City residents safe. The locations, dates and times for the sites are:
- Monday,May 11from Noon to 2 p.m. at the parking lot of Ezion Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church located at 800 North Walnut Street. This is a drive-through event.
- Tuesday,May 12from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Frauline Trotter Park across the street from the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center at 501 North Madison Street. This is a walk-up event.
- Wednesday,May 20from Noon to 2 p.m. at Judy Johnson Park located on North DuPont Street and West 3rd Street. This is a walk-up event.
The above sites are in addition to two other permanent COVID-19 health assessment and test sites staffed by Christiana Care at the Latin American Community Center’s MOB Building (3rd and Harrison Streets) on Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and at the Kingswood Community Center (2300 Bowers St.) on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
English and Spanish flyers promoting the new sites are attached to this news release. Please share this information with family, friends, and neighbors.
State Assistance for Medical and Social Service Needs
If you have a question about COVID-19, whether related to medical or social service needs, please call 211 or 711 for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. 211 is a free, confidential resource that connects people with resources and support regarding COVID-19 and other challenges.Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Questions can also be submitted by email to DPHCall@delaware.gov.
Governor Carney Announces Expansion of Statewide Testing
Governor John Carney today announced a significant expansion of Delaware’s statewide testing program for COVID-19 as Delaware moves toward Phase I of an economic reopening. The plan will be implemented in partnership with Delaware’s hospital systems, primary care physicians, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and community organizations statewide. The new testing program will allow the State of Delaware to conduct 80,000 tests monthly – more than four times the current level of testing statewide. Delaware’s plan is based on guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For current data on COVID-19 testing in Delaware, visit de.gov/healthycommunity. “We know that widespread community testing needs to be in place before we can safely reopen our economy,” said Governor Carney. “Finding a reliable supply of reliable tests has been a serious challenge, but we’ve put a plan in place that gets us to the starting line. We’ll be able to diagnose symptomatic Delawareans and detect asymptomatic spread through community testing. I want to thank all of our partners who are stepping up for their fellow Delawareans during this crisis.”The State of Delaware has purchased 200,000 saliva-based tests from Curative, a Los Angeles-based testing company that has supplied COVID-19 tests to Los Angeles and Atlanta. The tests are scheduled to start arriving in Delaware today.
Governor Carney’s Directive Affecting Small Businesses and Nursing Homes Begins Today
On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Carney issued a directive related to the coronavirus pandemic that will permit some small businesses to expand services while strictly adhering to health and safety guidelines beginning today, Friday, May 8th. The goal is to provide economic relief to Delaware citizens and businesses who are struggling financially as well as help them adapt to new ways of operating once Phase 1 of Delaware’s reopening begins. Also, Gov. Carney and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced a plan to test all residents and staff of Delaware long-term care facilities for COVID-19. DPH will provide facilities with tests, testing supplies, training, and support for the universal testing program to protect the most vulnerable Delawareans.Expanding COVID-19 testing capacity for vulnerable populations is a requirement of federal guidance for economic reopening. For more information on the Governor’s directive, follow this link: https://www.wilmingtonde.gov/Home/Components/News/News/4856/225 Additional guidance for businesses preparing for a modified opening is provided by the Delaware Division of Small Business here:https://business.delaware.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/118/2020/05/FAQ-on-15th-Modification-DSB.pdf
City, Brandywine Valley SPCA Bring Drive-Thru Pet Food Pantry Event to Frawley Stadium
Mayor Mike Purzycki and the CEO of the Brandywine Valley SPCA (BVSPCA), Adam Lamb, invite pet owners to a FREE drive-thru pantry event to be held onThursday, May 14from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the parking lot at Frawley Stadium, at 801 Shipyard Drive in Wilmington. The drive-thru format requires participants to arrive in a vehicle, where they should remain while BVSPCA staff requests, from a 6-foot distance, information on the household pets then loads the pet food into the trunk or hatchback. Food will be available for cats and dogs while supplies last. Food storage and transport have been generously provided by Downingtown, Pa.-based Terra Technical Services, along with collaboration on pantry logistics. The Mayor also thanks the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the Riverfront Development Corporation for their cooperation in organizing this event.
Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall Addresses Community Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic
Mayor Mike Purzycki joined City Council President Hanifa Shabazz, Council Member Chris Johnson, Community Representative Haneef Salaam, and former Delaware DHSS Secretary Rita Landgraf on Wednesday, May 6thfor a Facebook Live Virtual Town Hall to exchange information and ideas as well as answer questions from community members about the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The live-streamed event was an initiative of the Wilmington COVID-19 Community Mobilization Group (C19CMG), a consortium of more than 20 community-based organizations together with City government under the leadership of the Wilmington Community Advisory Committee (WCAC). You can view the 80-minute long discussion here: https://www.facebook.com/WITN22/videos/241192830291658/
Wilmington’s COVID-19 Web Page
Visit the City of Wilmington COVID 19 web page here for information from the City, state, and federal governments regarding health, housing, benefits for businesses and non-profits, unemployment, and education. You can access important telephone numbers and websites and keep up with the latest news about the coronavirus. The site also includes information about conducting business with the City and accessing essential City services as well as which services and programs are suspended indefinitely.
Wilmington Adds Another FREE WiFi Hotspot
Wilmington has expanded the FREE WiFi hotspots available to help local students with their studies during the COVID-19 crisis. A new site at PS Dupont School, at 701 West 34th Street, is now available in addition to five other sites announced earlier. The other sites are:
- 76ers Fieldhouse at 401 Garasches Lane Wilmington, DE 19801
- Kingswood Community Center at 2300 Bowers St. Wilmington, DE 19802
- Teen Warehouse at 1121 Thatcher St. Wilmington, DE 19802
- William Hicks Anderson Community Center at 501 N. Madison St. Wilmington, DE 19801
- People’s Settlement Association at 408 E 8th St, Wilmington, DE 19801
The hotspots have been made possible through a partnership between the City and local internet company WhyFly. The network ID at each location is “City of Wilmington.” No password is needed to log on.
Finally, PLEASE share the following information about COVID-19 assessment sites in Wilmington with your friends and family. COVID-19 is here NOW and you MUST take steps to stop the spread of the virus: