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COVID-19 Daily Briefing 5/27

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Stay in-the-know with a collection of COVID-19 related news briefs from across our communities. 

May 27

DPH updates COVID-19 numbers for Wednesday, May 27

The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced 60 new positive cases have been confirmed and that 9 more Delawareans — 344 in all — have passed away due to complications from COVID-19. The deceased range in age from 21 to 103 years old.

As of May 27, the state’s COVID-19 case statistics cumulatively since March 11 include 9,096 total laboratory-confirmed cases — 3,528 of them in New Castle County, 1,374 in Kent County and 4,140 in Sussex County. The state said preliminary data based on reporting by state and commercial laboratories, indicate there have been 46,325 negative cases.

The current number of hospitalizations is not available as of writing. To date, 4,909 Delawareans who have tested positive have recovered.

Mountaire Farms donates thousands of pounds of Chicken, Beebe Healthcare pays it forward

Mountaire Farms spent two days on Beebe Healthcare’s campuses last week to provide nearly 30,000 pounds of free chicken to all of the healthcare system’s team members.

In response to the incredible support from the community, as well as the generosity of Mountaire, Beebe Healthcare team members asked for the opportunity to ‘pay it forward” and donate their gift to others less fortunate during this COVID-19 pandemic.

The result: 9,400 pounds of chicken donated to 14 food pantries supporting community members.

Beebe and Mountaire representatives worked together after 8 p.m. Friday to sort out the donations with these 14 food pantries: Epworth Church, Pearl House, Mary Mother of Hope, Community Resource Center, First State Community Action Agency, Betel Iglesias, Casa San Francisco, Love Inc., St. Vincent DePaul, Cape Henlopen Food Basket, Paisano A Paisanano, La Esperanza, Soul Ministries, and the Milton Food Pantry.

DelTech and JPMorgan Chase partner to support students and faculty

JPMorgan Chase has committed $300,000 to Delaware Tech to support students, staff, and faculty during the Covid-19 pandemic. The emergency funds will assist Delaware Tech students who are now learning in an online environment stay enrolled and continue to receive high-quality education.

Through this new commitment, Delaware Tech will make laptops available to students in need who are enrolled in credit and short-term certificate programs, allowing them to successfully complete online work.

The funds will also allow for 38 Delaware Tech faculty members to attend a two-week “virtual boot camp” professional development session with the College’s Center for Creative Instruction and Technology to learn how to develop online master courses to optimize student learning and engagement. Other professional development opportunities for faculty to learn how to best deliver online courses will also be funded by the grant.

To help students gain employment during challenging times, the grant will include a virtual career fair for Delaware Tech students and alumni, with emphasis on the healthcare and education fields. Alumni experiencing unemployment will also be able to access career counseling and job placement services through the grant.


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