Coronavirus Update for March 18, 2020

Governor Carney and public health officials continue to advise the public on coronavirus and have put in place restrictions under the State of Emergency declared on March 13 and modified on March 16, but it is up to you to slow the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. There are currently 19 cases in Delaware including 1 in Kent County and 1 in Sussex County.

Please keep up good hygiene and social distancing practices:
– Washing your hands
– Covering your sneeze or cough with a tissue or the inside of your elbow
– Not touching your face
– Cleaning surfaces regularly
– Staying home if possible
– Avoiding groups of people
– Staying 6’ away from other people
If you are feeling sick, stay home. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath.

Questions about coronavirus can be directed to the Delaware Division of Public Health at 1-866-408-1899 and updates can be found online at

City of Harrington buildings have been closed to the public until further notice. Staff is still available by phone or email. Check our website or call City Hall at 398-3530 for more information.

Despite how the shelves may look at stores, there is not a shortage of food. Deliveries continue to occur but are quickly snapped up. For those that may be food insecure, the Food Bank of Delaware is offering a drive through service, many schools are offering meals to children even while school is closed, and the Hope House is also serving meals.

The closures and disruption of normal life may seem an overreaction to some and not enough action to others, but a moderate attitude of heeding precautions but not panicking will best protect those at high risk while keeping space available at hospitals for those that need it most. It is normal to feel stressed or anxious during this time, but please remember that we will get through this together. Be safe, be well, and take care of each other.

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