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Another Mainer has died from the new coronavirus as eight more cases were confirmed Monday.
There are now 875 coronavirus cases spread across all of Maine’s counties, according to Nirav Shah, the director of Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 867 on Sunday.
The statewide death toll now stands at 35. The latest death involved a woman in her 70s from Waldo County, Shah said Monday via videoconference from the Maine Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Augusta.
So far, 138 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 39 are currently hospitalized, with 16 in critical care and nine on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, another 414 people have fully recovered from it, meaning there are 426 active cases in the state.
There have been no new cases recorded at long-term care facilities since yesterday, Shah said.
A majority of the cases have been in Mainers over age 50, while they are almost evenly split between women and men, according to the Maine CDC.
Another 14,076 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Maine CDC.
Monday’s report marks the smallest increase in confirmed coronavirus cases since March 20, when only two new cases were reported. It comes as protesters gathered in Augusta to pressure Democratic Gov. Janet Mills to reopen the state. Most nonessential businesses have been ordered to close and gatherings of more than 10 people banned under a statewide civil emergency that is in place until at least May 15. Another order from the governor asks that Mainers restrict their movement outside their homes to halt the spread of the virus.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 380 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of deaths from the virus have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 35, 44 and 181 cases, respectively — where “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.
There are two criteria for establishing community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of those are not connected to either known cases or travel. That second condition has not yet been “satisfied” in other counties.
Other cases have been detected in Aroostook (2), Franklin (13), Hancock (6), Kennebec (97), Knox (12), Lincoln (12), Oxford (14), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (16), Somerset (16), Waldo (43) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another case was detected was not immediately available Monday morning.
As of Monday afternoon the coronavirus has sickened 766,664 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 40,931 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Watch: Nirav Shah on tracing the origins of coronavirus cases in Maine