Delaware Elections Update

 

Governor John Carney on Thursday signed the fifteenth modification to his State of Emergency declaration, rescheduling Delaware’s presidential primary for July 7. The Delaware Department of Elections will mail absentee ballot applications to all registered Democrats and Republicans in the State of Delaware, providing all eligible registered Delaware voters the opportunity to vote by absentee ballot in the presidential primary election. 
 
Eligible Delaware voters will be permitted to select the “sick” or “temporarily or permanently physically disabled” options on their absentee ballot application to cast a vote in the presidential primary election, even if they are not exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. Voters must return the application to the Delaware Department of Elections or complete the process online to receive an absentee ballot. The Delaware Department of Elections will operate at least six polling places in each county to allow voters to cast ballots in person should they choose not to vote by absentee ballot. 
 
Governor Carney’s order on Thursday also reschedules school board elections for July 21, and places additional requirements on municipalities that are conducting elections. The order requires districts and municipalities to enforce social distancing during elections, require face coverings, and limit crowds to 10 or fewer people at polling places. 
 
Governor Carney’s State of Emergency declaration – including the stay-at-home order and mandatory 14-day quarantine for out-of-state travelers – remains in place and carries the force and effect of law. Violations of the order, or any of its modifications, constitute a criminal offense. 

Information comes from Governor Carney via Email.  More information contained in links as well.

Best Household Cleaners for Different Jobs

As many of our usual cleaning tools are limited due to cornavirus/covid-19. This article covers a wide variety if situations and how to clean them (kinda old school stuff where we have to prep the stuff ourselve).

Tip: from the link, bleach becomes dilluted (no good or weaker) if in water too long so best to use it quickly. Bleach and water is one solution to killing germs like covid-19 on surfaces we touch. This can replace clorox or lysol if you are out. As always, stay safe.

Check out ideas at https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-best-household-cleaners?ecd=soc_fb_200504_cons_ss_householdcleaners&linkId=100000012167534.

Virtual Economic Town Hall

The Delaware Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long will have a virtual town hall meeting on Delaware’s Economic Recovery from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm TONIGHT (May 4, 2020). ASL and closed captioning will be available. Watch on (click –>) de.gov/economy

Thanks to ODHH for sharing this.

‘I cannot read their lips’: The deaf community faces another communication hurdle as face masks become the new normal

Mary Beth Pagnella, who has lived with profound hearing loss most of her life, prides herself on being an excellent lip reader.

But, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reading lips has become more difficult with state and federal officials recommending, and some requiring, people to wear masks in public.

“I feel so lost and out of place because (people) are wearing masks and I cannot read their lips,” Pagnella told USA TODAY. “Not being able to hear is hard enough. Now, lip reading is hard, too.”

Read the rest at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/27/coronavirus-face-masks-deaf-communication/3037302001.

‘I cannot read their lips’: The deaf community faces another communication hurdle as face masks become the new normal

Mary Beth Pagnella, who has lived with profound hearing loss most of her life, prides herself on being an excellent lip reader.

But, amid the coronavirus outbreak, reading lips has become more difficult with state and federal officials recommending, and some requiring, people to wear masks in public.

“I feel so lost and out of place because (people) are wearing masks and I cannot read their lips,” Pagnella told USA TODAY. “Not being able to hear is hard enough. Now, lip reading is hard, too.”

Read the rest at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/27/coronavirus-face-masks-deaf-communication/3037302001.

988 Sucide Hotline Directive

Sorenson is responding to the FCC directive to provide direct-dial access by dialing 988 on your ntouch, which connects you to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline does not belong to Sorenson.

For more information on the Lifeline, please visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org

P.S. this applies to all other VRS or relay providers too. There are D/HH ASL hotlines out there also. If you prefer that, contact us or 988 can help you find that VP #.

Deaf Americans are urging the White House to use sign language interpreters at coronavirus briefings

(CNN) – The US Census Bureau estimates that about 11.5 million Americans have some degree of hearing loss. Yet months into the coronavirus pandemic, the White House still does not have American Sign Language interpreters at its televised public health press briefings.

Read the rest at https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/23/politics/white-house-interpreter-coronavirus-briefings-trnd/index.html.

Social Security recipients with kids at home face Wednesday deadline for getting extra stimulus cash

Summary:

Have kids and get SSI/SSDI? Never file a tax return in the last 2 years?

If yes to both questions, report your kids to IRS by April 22 or wait to get their stimulus money next year. Report kids at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

Read the article at https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/21/politics/social-security-dependents-stimulus-money/index.html.