As of Monday, there are now 875 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in all of Maine’s counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The statewide death toll rose to 35 on Monday with the death of a woman in her 70s from Waldo County.
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.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact in Maine.
— The Maine CDC will provide an update on the coronavirus later today. The BDN will livestream the briefing.
— A person who stayed at the Hope House shelter in Bangor has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the shelter, marking the first reported case among someone who accessed the city’s homelessness services.
— A new model predicts that both Maine and the nation likely have a couple more weeks before coronavirus deaths will reach their peak and start to decline. The projections by the University of Texas at Austin set out the probability of a peak over three separate time frames. In the most likely scenario, there is a 75 percent chance that deaths will peak in two weeks in Maine.
— That estimate from the University of Texas at Austin came as hundreds gathered in Augusta on Monday to protest Democratic Gov. Janet Mills’ orders to close nonessential businesses, to ban gatherings of more than 10 people and to ask that Mainers restrict trips outside their homes whenever possible. Some protesters wore masks, which organizers had suggested as a way to signal willingness to comply with “social distancing” guidelines, but many lined the corner of Capitol and State streets in close proximity as cars drove between the governor’s mansion and the State House. Similar protests have been held in other states.
— By staying at home and following social distancing guidelines, Mainers appear to have slowed the spread of more than one respiratory virus. Growth in the numbers of diagnosed influenza cases and flu-related hospitalizations has slowed substantially since mid-March, when restrictions on public gatherings and business operations began to roll out.
— While colleges and universities around the country plan for the possibility of a fall semester without students on campus, Maine’s public universities are preparing for students to return for fall classes. That’s not to say campus life would look as it did before the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Maine System is preparing for face-to-face instruction as long as group gatherings and interactions are permissible and advisable by the end of August, according to a spokesman.
— A subsidiary of Westbrook-based IDEXX Laboratories is in the early stages of producing a coronavirus test for humans. The company announced the development Monday morning as it also moves to market another test for pets.
— Republican President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to use a Korean War-era law to force a Piscataquis County company to increase its production of the medical testing swabs that are necessary to confirm cases of the coronavirus. During a Sunday news briefing, Trump said that he planned to invoke the Defense Production Act to vastly increase the production of a particular type of testing swabs at one U.S. facility. Trump did not identify the business, but CNN has reported that he was referring to Puritan Medical Products, a Guilford company that’s one of the world’s top producers of the in-demand nasal swabs.
— Trump on Monday announced in a tweet that he plans to sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus. He did not elaborate, and the Associated Press reports that the White House did not provide additional details about the announcement.
— As of early Tuesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 787,960 people across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 42,364 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 1,809 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 1,331 in Connecticut, 155 in Rhode Island, 42 in New Hampshire and 38 in Vermont.
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