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Delaware will not move into Phase 3 of reopening on Monday, June 29th.Governor Carney never committed to a start date, but typically each phase of the reopening process lasts two weeks. In a press conference yesterday, the governor said the state isn’t ready to move into Phase 3 because “Too many Delawareans and visitors are not following basic public health precautions.” He reminded residents “You’re required to wear a mask in public settings. Keep your distance from those outside your household.” Governor Carney added “These are common sense steps that, frankly, are not that difficult to follow. And they’re a small price to pay for keeping our friends and relatives out of the hospital.” The state intends to make a decision on the start of phase 3 early next week.

The state is currently seeing a slight uptick in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.  The Delaware Division of Public Health reported 91 new positive coronavirus cases as the state’s overall total approaches 11,000. The state is also seeing an increase in hospitalizations. After dropping into the low 70’s, 93 people are currently hospitalized. 2 more Delawareans died from COVID-19 complications, increasing the death toll to 507.

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