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Another Mainer has died as health officials reported 38 more cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in the state.
There have now been 1,515 cases across all of Maine’s counties since March, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah. That’s up from 1,477 on Tuesday.
Of those, 1,372 have been confirmed positive, while 143 are likely positive, according to Shah.
The latest coronavirus death was a woman in her 90s from Cumberland County, bringing the statewide death toll to 66.
So far, 204 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 41 people are currently hospitalized, with 20 in critical care and seven on ventilators, according to Shah.
Meanwhile, 943 Mainers have fully recovered from the coronavirus, leaving 506 active and likely cases in the state. That’s up from 499 on Tuesday.
Of the Mainers who have tested positive, 333 are health care workers, Shah said.
As of today, 28,257 Mainers have tested negative for COVID-19, Shah said. At the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine will report the number of total tests performed rather than the number of individuals tested. The total number of tests performed in Maine so far is 33,035.
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.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 744 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 32 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 103, 90 and 269 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 (6), Franklin (31), Hancock (10), Kennebec (112), Knox (19), Lincoln (15), Oxford (17), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (23), Somerset (18) Waldo (49) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another six cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 1,380,465 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 83,249 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
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