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What Delawareans Can Do

Take steps to avoid contact with others by:

  • Staying home as much as possible. Only go out for essential needs (or if you’re an essential worker).

  • If someone is sick in your household, have them isolate to one room, and ideally have them use a separate bathroom.

  • Clean frequently used surfaces regularly.

  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with warm water many times a day.

  • Cover your cough with a tissue or your elbow.

  • Do not touch your face.

  • Wipe down frequently used objects like your phone with an alcohol-based wipe.

  • When you go to the grocery store, practice social distancing, use a wipe for your cart, and wash your hands when you return.

  • If you go on a walk outside, make sure to stay at least 6 feet apart from others.

  • It is currently flu and respiratory disease season, and flu activity is still high and expected to continue for a number of weeks.

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Wear a Face Covering

Under Governor John Carney’s 13th modification to the State of Emergency declaration, Delawareans are required to wear a face covering in public if social distancing cannot be maintained. Children 2 and younger MUST not wear a face covering because of the suffocation danger. Face coverings are not required for children ages 3-12. 


Practice Social Distancing

Social distancing is a public health practice that aims to prevent sick people from coming in close contact with healthy people in order to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

During Social Distancing

Secretary of Health and Social Services Dr. Kara Odom Walker explains why it is critical to stay at home:

Managing Stress

We all are feeling stress right now, but there are ways to reduce those levels:

  • Know that it is normal to feel stressed and anxious during this time.
  • Take breaks from surfing coronavirus news and unwind.
  • Prioritize your health by eating healthy, moving regularly and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Take deep, filling breaths when you feel anxious.
  • Close your eyes, count to 10 and meditate.
  • Call your health provider if stress is impacting your day-to-day life for multiple days.
  • Talk to your family and friends, and be open about your thoughts.
  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call DHSS’ 24/7 Crisis Helpline at 1-800-652-29291-800-652-2929 in New Castle County, or 1-800-345-67851-800-345-6785 in Kent and Sussex counties.

How to Talk to Your Children About Coronavirus

  • Ask age-appropriate questions about how they feel about the virus and take their lead.
  • Encourage children to ask questions and share their worries, and address them one by one. Check in regularly.
  • Try to speak calmly and remain at ease when talking to kids. Kids pick up on every emotion and worry.
  • Help children take charge of their health during this time with action, like hand washing.
  • Talk about current events together, share positive precaution and prevention steps and show how to find news.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • The Stay at Home Order started Tuesday morning on March 24, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. and is scheduled to last until May 15, 2020, or until the public health threat is eliminated.
  • The Stay at Home Order requires that people remain in their homes or places of residence and avoid going out in public unless they are engaged in an “Essential Activity” or “Essential Travel.”
  • Delaware’s Governor, John Carney, as part of several adjustments to ensure the public health during this pandemic.
  • The Stay at Home Order is needed to reduce the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (also known as COVID-19) in Delaware. Unless we all take steps to reduce the spread of this illness, Delaware’s health care systems will have more sick people than they can care for.  By staying home and reducing your activities, you can help reduce the rate of spread of this illness in Delaware and avoid overburdening our health care systems.
  • People who violate an emergency order can be fined up to $500 or subject to imprisonment for up to six (6) months for each violation.
  • The Stay at Home Order will last until May 15 or until the public health threat is eliminated.
  • Yes, but only for Essential Activities or Essential Travel. If you leave your home, you must still practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.
  • Maintain at least a six-foot distance from other people who are not in your household
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty (20) seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover coughs or sneezes by sneezing into a tissue or your inner elbow (not your hands)
  • Regularly clean high-touch surfaces
  • Do not shake hands
  • Follow all CDC recommendations available at
  • Unless we all take steps to reduce the spread of this illness, Delaware’s healthcare systems will have more sick people than our hospitals can support. While the symptoms are often less severe in the young, young and healthy people can become infected and transmit the virus to others.  We need everyone to be cautious and practice social distancing.
  • No, social distancing is not required between members of the same household, caregivers, or individuals with whom you have a close personal relationship.
  • Essential Activities are activities that are necessary for you to maintain your health, and the health and wellbeing of your family members, including pets. Here are some examples of Essential Activities:
    • getting medical care and medical supplies, such as prescriptions
    • buying food, household supplies, and pet supplies
    • caring for family members, friends, or pets in other households
    • doing laundry at a laundromat or dry cleaner
    • exercising and going outside, such as walking, running, biking, fishing, or walking your dog
  • Essential Travel is any travel necessary for an Essential Activity. Here are some examples of Essential Travel:
    • travel to care for, or deliver supplies to, elderly persons, children, and people with disabilities
    • travel to purchase food and other household supplies
    • travel to care for pets
    • travel to schools and other educational institutions where the travel is necessary to receive materials for distance learning, receiving meals, or any other related services
    • travel necessary to return to your home or place of residence in Delaware
    • travel necessary to return to your home or place of residence outside of Delaware
    • travel to comply with a court order, including a custody agreement
    • travel to work for those businesses deemed essential to remain open
  • Outdoor exercise like walking, running, hiking and fishing is allowed. When you are outside, you should still practice social distancing by running or walking at least six feet away from other people.
  • Yes, but you should still practice social distancing by staying at least six feet away from other people.
  • Most public playgrounds are closed and should be avoided. Additionally, you should avoid using basketball courts with other people, or using jungle gyms because they are not being wiped down between children who may climb on them.  Remember, while exercising or playing outside, you should still practice social distancing by keeping six feet away from other people.
  • Effective 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, the State of Delaware has lifted restrictions on beaches and community pools, subject to strict social distancing requirements and other restrictions.
  • No, Delaware campgrounds are closed at this time.
  • Encourage her to stay home, call each other on the phone, or use FaceTime, Skype, or another video call option. Remember that you can travel to care for or deliver supplies to elderly persons, children, and people with disabilities, but not for social visits.
  • Groceries stores are open and are essential businesses. You are permitted to go to the store as needed to pick up what you need, including food, groceries, formula, and diapers, and toilet paper. Sellers have repeatedly indicated that there is plenty of supply and there is no reason to over-purchase.
  • Yes, takeout and delivery from restaurants is permitted in Delaware at this time.
  • No, special permission or documentation is not required to drive in Delaware at this time.


Convalescent Plasma Donations

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 (through either a swab or a blood test), you may be a candidate for donation of convalescent plasma. It is possible that convalescent plasma (blood) collected from individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 that contains antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) might be effective against the infection.


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