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Another Mainer has died as health officials reported Wednesday that 41 more cases of the new coronavirus were detected.
There have now been 2,418 cases across all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2,377 on Tuesday.
Of those, 2,152 have been confirmed positive, while 266 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
The latest death involved a man in his 70s from Knox County, marking that county’s first coronavirus death.The statewide death toll now stands at 95.
Maine has recorded more than 40 individual coronavirus outbreaks — locations with three or more related cases — in recent months at places including nursing homes, group homes for people with intellectual disabilities, workplaces and the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. On Wednesday, another outbreak was reported at an Eldredge Lumber location in York County, said Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah. So far, 13 people have tested positive as part of that outbreak.
So far, 285 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 44 people are currently hospitalized, with 14 in critical care and 10 on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, 1,699 people have fully recovered from the virus, meaning there are 624 active and likely cases in the state, according to the Maine CDC. That’s down from 637 on Tuesday.
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.
As of Tuesday, there have been 54,692 negative test results out of 57,864 overall. About 5 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 1,226 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 54 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 326, 100 and 398 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 (10), Franklin (36), Hancock (11), Kennebec (127), Knox (21), Lincoln (20), Oxford (33), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (31), Somerset (22) Waldo (51) and Washington (1) counties. Information about where another four cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 1,841,629 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 106,696 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
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