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Another Mainer has died as health officials confirmed 16 new coronavirus cases in the state on Wednesday.
There have now been 1,056 confirmed coronavirus cases across all of Maine’s counties, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah. That’s up from 1,040 on Tuesday.
The statewide death toll stands at 52. The latest death involved a female in her 70s from Cumberland County.
So far, 166 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 32 people are currently hospitalized, with 17 in critical care and seven on ventilators, according to Shah.
Meanwhile, another 615 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 389 active cases in the state. That’s down from 404 on Tuesday.
So far, 247 health care workers in the state have tested positive for COVID-19.
Two new outbreaks have been identified within the state, Shah said. The first is at the Hope House shelter in Bangor, which is reporting 21 confirmed cases among residents and staff as of Wednesday afternoon. Of those cases, 17 are new and were not included in Wednesday’s case numbers, but will be included on Thursday.
The second includes eight confirmed cases at the Tyson Foods plant in Portland, marking the first instance of an outbreak in Maine at a food processing facility. None of those who tested positive are currently at work, Shah said.
Shah also provided an update on the status of the known outbreaks in long-term care facilities in the state. At the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation, 48 residents and 28 staff have tested positive for COVID-19, and five individuals connected to the facility have died.
Twenty-one residents and 12 staff have been diagnosed with the coronavirus at Falmouth by the Sea.
Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough has totaled 12 deaths, along with 31 positive tests among residents and 20 among staff.
At Tall Pines Retirement and Healthcare Community, 32 residents and 11 staff have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Eleven individuals associated with the facility have died.
Ten residents and five staff have tested positive at The Cedars in Portland.
And at the Edgewood in Farmington, nine residents and five staff have been diagnosed, and one individual has died.
In total, 151 residents and 81 staff have been diagnosed at long-term care facilities in the state with detected outbreaks, Shah said. There have been 29 deaths associated with long-term care facilities.
A majority of the cases have been in Mainers over age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
Another 19,546 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to Shah. That’s an increase of 2,762 negative tests in the past week. Nearly 3,000 Maine residents received a test in the past week.
Wednesday’s report came a day after Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced a gradual rollback of coronavirus restrictions, starting Friday. The plan will allow some businesses, such as hair salons and other personal services, to resume operations, while keeping in place a ban on gathering of more than 10 people through May’s end. That has prompted cancellations of a number of large events, including Bangor’s Memorial Day parade, the Maine Lobster Festival and the Potato Blossom Festival.
So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 472 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of deaths from the virus — 25 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 43, 59 and 203 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 (5), Franklin (27), Hancock (10), Kennebec (104), Knox (16), Lincoln (12), Oxford (15), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (19), Somerset (18), Waldo (48) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected was not immediately available Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 1,034,844 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 60,207 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Watch: Nirav Shah talks about the outbreak at Hope House