Gov. John Carney and adminstration officials conduct a press conference on the coronavirus situation in the state from the Carvel State Building
Phase 1C pushed back by Delaware

During a weekly press conference, Gov. Carney said that the state is prioritizing administering the second dose of Covid vaccine to nursing home residents and health care workers – and will delay vaccinations for people with “high risk” medical conditions including intellectual and developmental disabilities and people living in congregate settings like group homes. It will likely not be until mid-March, WBOC reports, that Covid vaccines will be made available to this population.

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Warren ‘Wawa’ Snipe’s ASL Super Bowl performance went viral. He wants to redefine what deaf artists can do.

Hip-hop artist, actor and ASL performer Warren Snipe drew national praise for his dramatic interpretation of the national anthem and “America, the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl. Snipe, who describes himself as “a rapper who happens to be Deaf,” says he has worked for years to bring more attention to both Deaf culture and hip hop. He calls his style, a mixture of images and audio, “Dip Hop” – hip hop through Deaf eyes.

A nurse puts a stethoscope to an infant's chest. The infant lies in a plexiglass walled bed in the neonatal intensive care unit
Research to study COVID-19 effects on preterm birth

A consortium of institutions including Nemours, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Yale University are examining nationwide insurance data to find possible reasons explaining a dip in premature birth rates during the Covid-19 pandemic. Researchers intend to examine personal medical factors, including how often the mother attended prenatal doctor visits and what tests were administered, and socioeconomic factors such as whether the hospital was in an urban or rural area.

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Plunge will be brrrr-tual, yet heartwarming

More than 2,200 people have signed up for the 2021 Polar Bear Plunge, Special Olympics Delaware’s biggest annual fundraiser, although Covid safety restrictions prevent the typical events – a run into the ocean from Rehoboth Beach. In the nearly 11 months since the pandemic began disrupting Special Olympics Delaware events, athletes and coaches have taken to gathering online 2–3 times per week for workout sessions and anticipate playing spring sports outdoors in person.

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New Castle County agrees to reassess property values to settle education equity lawsuit

New Castle County, Delaware’s most populous county, has agreed to reassess property values for taxation purposes for the first time in more than 30 years, settling part of a lawsuit seeking to revamp the state’s school funding system. The reassessment will take effect in fiscal year 2024. The lawsuit alleged that Delaware underfunded schools that have large populations of students with disabilities, students from low-income households or English language learners. Local property taxes make up about a third of Delaware school districts’ funding.