Coronavirus news update – Blood Bank, General Assembly, Longwood Foundation


Longwood Foundation donates $1 million to coronavirus fund

The Longwood Foundation has donated $1 million to the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF).

 Longwood President Thère du Pont said he anticipates making additional contributions to the fund as the community’s needs progress.

 The COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund at the DCF will target the evolving needs of Delaware communities most impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

 A process for nonprofits wishing to apply for grants will be announced soon.

 The DCF fund is part of the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, a coordinated effort of leading nonprofit agencies to alleviate the impact of the crisis in Delaware. In addition to the DCF, the partnering agencies are Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Philanthropy Delaware and United Way of Delaware.

 To donate or volunteer, visit

Blood Bank extends hours, seeks healthy donors

Blood Bank of Delmarva  is extending open hours at its donor centers and urging healthy donors to make appointments to help maintain the region’s blood supply at this critical time.

“Around 40 percent of our incoming blood supply was interrupted when schools, businesses and religious institutions closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. In response, we’ve increased capacity at our donor centers by extending hours and opening for extra days each week,” said Christopher D. Hillyer, M.D., CEO of Blood Bank of Delmarva. “These modifications will provide controlled, safe environments for healthy donors. By quickly implementing this sustainable long-term solution we have worked to prevent our blood supply from dropping to dangerously low levels.”

Blood is perishable and the supply must be continually replenished. BBD operates four donor centers in Chadds Ford, Pa.; Newark, Del.; Dover, Del. and Salisbury, Md. Donors can schedule appointments by calling 1-888-825-6638 or visiting

Blood collection sites are disinfected frequently, and we are taking extra precautions to help prevent the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 as per CDC recommendations. BBD staff are also practicing health self-assessments prior to presenting at work. As always, people are not eligible to donate if they’re experiencing a cold, sore throat, respiratory infection or flu-like symptoms.

Legislative session postponed 

In response to  concerns about the Coronavirus pandemic, House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf and Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride announced this week that the Delaware General Assembly is postponing legislative session until further notice.

The legislative session originally was scheduled to resume on Tuesday but was postponed last week due to the spread of COVID-19 and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and Delaware public health officials.

As the situation has continued to unfold, it has become necessary to postpone the session for the foreseeable future as officials assess the extent of Delaware’s exposure to the virus. While it is possible that the session could resume normal operations at some point in the future, there is no firm date at this time. Legislative leaders will continue to examine the situation with input from public health experts and executive branch agencies to determine the best path forward.

Schwartzkopf and  McBride noted that the General Assembly is preparing plans that will be used in the event lawmakers must reconvene to pass legislation that addresses the effects of the Coronavirus on Delawareans and state government.

Additionally, the General Assembly is constitutionally required to pass an operating budget by June 30, and plans are being discussed to meet that obligation should this State of Emergency stretch well into the spring.

Legislative Hall remains closed to the public.

Wilmington-based Navient is encouraging customers impacted by coronavirus to get in touch if they need assistance. Navient is a servicer of student loans

Customer service is available online and through the phone; approximately half of Navient’s loan servicing team is working remotely now, with hundreds more being deployed outside Navient offices in coming days and weeks.

Navient is providing additional levels of support to eligible student loan borrowers impacted by the coronavirus through a variety of programs, including the option to postpone payments.

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