September 4, 2020
Labor Day Weekend
I hope you and your family have a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend. - Gerald
DHSS to Begin Approving Plans for Indoor Visitation at Delaware’s Long-Term Care Facilities
For Delaware’s long-term care facilities with low rates of COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) will begin to review proposed plans from eligible facilities to resume indoor visitation. 

Under DHSS’ COVID-19 reopening plan for long-term care facilities, which takes effect on Sept. 8, 2020, those facilities that have not had a new positive COVID-19 case originate there within the last 14 days and have adequate staffing to meet the needs of residents would be eligible to submit a plan for resuming indoor visitation. Visits will be limited to one to two people per resident and will be by appointment only. Visits must occur in a visitation room near an entrance. 

For more information on this process and what Stage 2 may mean for visiting loved ones in long term care facilities, please click here.
Justice of the Peace Applications Being Accepted
The Magistrate Screening Committee has announced that the application process for those interested in being considered for appointment as a justice in the Justice of the Peace Court is now open. This full-time position is for an initial four year term with a starting annual salary of $76,488. Applications and the $25.00 application fee are to be submitted online no later than Monday, September 14, 2020. 

Please note that all prior applicants must re-apply.

For more information including applicant requirements, please click here.
Grant-in-Aid Applications
The Office of the Controller General has announced that it is now accepting General and Veteran's Grant-In-Aid (GIA) applications for the 2022 fiscal year until Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the final day.

The Controller General's office encourages applicants to review the GIA website (gia.delaware.gov) for general instructions, registering a new account, FAQs, and other additional information.

Some important things to know before applying:
 
  • Email addresses used to apply will be used for future communications regarding your application. To ensure efficient communication, it is strongly advised that your organization use an email address that is accessible by all members of your agency who are responsible for GIA. 
 
  • Organizations who receive, or who wish to receive, GIA funding are required to maintain a supplier profile at the State of Delaware’s eSupplier Portal (https://esupplier.erp.delaware.gov). This secure login site allows new suppliers to register and for existing suppliers to manage payment information. Accurate and up-to-date information ensures the timely processing of GIA payments. Additional information regarding the three payment options offered by the State of Delaware can be found here.
 
  • Due to COVID-19 and construction activities at Legislative Hall, there are no plans to hold in-person or virtual workshops at this time. Organizations with specific questions about the application process are encouraged to contact the Office of the Controller General at (302) 744-4200, or by sending an email to GIA_Support@Delaware.gov. Inquiries by email are typically responded to within one business day. 
 
  • If you do not have access to your agency’s State of Delaware Single Sign-On (SSO) User Id and password that was used to apply for GIA last year, (and have already attempted to use the “Forgot User Id?” or “Forgot Password?” features without success), you will need to create a new User Id. Review and follow the steps in the Guide to Register for a New GIA Account. If you’d like to have your agency’s prior year application linked to the new account, then please email the new User Id, along with the first and last name, and email address used to create the new account to GIA_Support@Delaware.gov. Please note this process may take several days and may not be feasible if the deadline for application submissions is approaching. 
 
  • Prior year applicants may also contact the assigned Controller General Analyst to your agency’s respective GIA category with additional questions and guidance for the application process. Analyst assignments and contact information can be found towards the bottom of this page. If you are unsure of what category your agency falls under, you can determine this by reviewing the most recent Grants-In-Aid Act (Senate Bill 260).
Important Links to COVID-19 Resources
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has put together a new web page providing guidance for the small business community on the Paycheck Protection Program – the centerpiece of the CARES Act. It includes a side-by-side graphic detailing the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Please visit the National Federal of Independent Business website for more information.

The State of Delaware has been working hard to implement COVID-19 response plans and provide the public with frequently asked questions and answers. For more information, please click the links below:



 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

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