Coronavirus Coverage

JERICHO, NEW YORK - MARCH 21: A close-up view of a swab used by medical workers tend to administer the coronavirus test at the drive-in center at ProHealth Care on March 21, 2020 in Jericho, New York. The facility offers COVID-19 testing as more than 200,000 people in at least 144 countries have been infected, with deaths in the U.S. surpassing 200. The World Health Organization declared coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic on March 11th. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Health officials are warning that processing delays mean we will likely see a “significant increase” in the number of coronavirus cases announced today (Friday April 17th). Officials did not elaborate what caused the processing delays. A spokeswoman for the Division of Public Health wrote in an e-mail yesterday (Thursday April 16th) “Today’s positive case total may make it appear as though we are leveling out or seeing decrease in the daily case count. However, that is not an accurate reflection of the situation in Delaware.”  The state reported 6 more death yesterday, bringing the death toll up to 52. There are 2,075 confirmed cases. 209 people are hospitalized and 60are critically ill. 378 people have recovered.