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Another three Mainers have died from the new coronavirus as 20 more cases were confirmed Saturday bringing the total of confirmed cases to 847.
That’s an increase from the 827 coronavirus cases Maine had on Friday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
One death was in Kennebec County; two occurred in Waldo County bringing the death toll to 32. No additional information about their sex or age were immediately available.
A majority of the cases have been in Mainers older than 50, while they are more women than men with the virus — 453 and 294 cases respectively— according to the Maine CDC. The total number of people hospitalized is 49, with 20 in critical care and 12 on ventilators. In total, 382 Mainers have recovered.
The number of negative tests stand at 14,076 as of Wednesday, according to the Maine CDC.
Saturday’s increases come as Gov. Janet Mills said on Friday that her administration is devising a plan to gradually reopen Maine’s economy, though she reiterated that stopping the spread of the virus in Maine is the key to allowing business activities to resume.
Acadia National Park delayed its opening a month, remaining effectively closed to all visitors until June 1, with camping barred until June 15, as park operators extend the shutdown that’s been in effect since late March.
In Portland, city officials reversed an interpretation of an emergency order on Friday, saying non-essential businesses were prohibited from shipping products and allowing no-contact delivery on Friday after receiving a wave of pushback from business owners.
Maine’s state employees’ union complained Friday that too many workers have been classified as emergency responders, preventing them from accessing paid leave under a federal coronavirus response law and causing difficulty for working parents.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 369 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of deaths from the virus have been concentrated. It is among four counties — Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 35, 41 and 175 cases, respectively — where “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.
There are two criteria for establishing community transmission: at least 10 cases must be confirmed in the area, and at least 25 percent of those must not be connected to either known cases or travel. That second condition has not yet been “satisfied” in other counties.
Other counties with confirmed cases include Kennebec (96 cases, 4 deaths); Waldo (42 cases, 7 deaths); Androscoggin (35 cases, 1 death); Sagadahoc and Somerset (both with 15 cases); Oxford (13 cases, no deaths) Knox and Lincoln (both with 12 cases); Franklin (11 cases); Hancock (6 cases) Washington and Aroostook (both with 2 cases). One case has no known county origin. Piscataquis remains the sole Maine county with no reported cases.
Watch: Why the Maine CDC breaks down coronavirus cases by county, not town