Delaware health officials have confirmed 2,323 of the coronavirus, according to the state's website.
The rise of 248 cases in one day — after a few days of declining numbers — follows a Thursday warning by health officials that delays in how the reporting process lagged would mean a large increase in cases Friday. The state reported 2,075 cases on Thursday.
Nine more Delawareans have died from complications related to the coronavirus, increasing the number of fatalities to 61 people.
One of the recent deaths was a 46-year-old Sussex County man who had no known underlying health conditions.
The daily press release Friday from the Division of Health also said that cases ranged in age from 0 to 98. On Thursday it said cases ranged from 1 to 98. A spokeswoman confirmed a 98-year-old had died. She was checking on an infant.
In order for Delaware to reopen, he said, cases and hospitalizations would need to drop for 14 days.
As of Friday, April 17, health officials have confirmed 1,100 cases in New Castle County, 384 in Kent County and 811 in Sussex County, according to the state's website. Twenty-eight cases are not attributed to a specific county in Delaware.
The state says 224 people are now hospitalized, with 64 considered critically ill.
The most recent deaths involved five from New Castle County and four from Sussex. The New Castle County cases were a hospitalized 73-year-old man; a 74-year-old man, an 83-year-old man and a 90-year-old man, all from long-term care facilities; and an 85-year-old man who was a hospitalized long-term care resident.
The Sussex deaths were the 46-year-old man who had no known underlying health conditions as well as an 80-year-old man, a 98-year-old woman and a 91-year-old woman, all from long-term care facilities.
The state press release that there have been 114 cases involving long-term care facilities in Delaware. Thirty-four residents of Delaware long-term care facilities have died from the virus.
They include Little Sisters of the Poor, Ogletown (11); Milford Center, Genesis Healthcare (11); Brandywine Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (4); Atlantic Shores Rehabilitation and Health Center (2); Governor Bacon Health Center (1); four New Castle County long-term care facilities (1 death each) and a Sussex County long-term care facility (1).
More females have been diagnosed than males: 1,267 to 1,053, according to the press release.
The release also said 423 people are considered recovered and that the state has tallied 11,694 negative cases.