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Another 53 cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in Maine, health officials said Thursday. It’s the most new cases reported since June 12.
There have now been 3,070 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 3,017 on Wednesday.
Of those, 2,731 have been confirmed positive, while 339 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
New cases were tallied in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Penobscot and York counties. The bulk of those cases — 42 — were reported in Cumberland County.
No new deaths were reported Thursday, leaving the statewide death toll at 103.
So far, 343 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 26 people are currently hospitalized, with 12 in critical care and six on ventilators.
Meanwhile, another 22 people have recovered from the virus, bringing total recoveries to 2,512. That means there are 455 active and likely cases in the state, up from 424 on Wednesday.
A majority of the cases — 1,632 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC. The average age among coronavirus patients in Maine is 49, Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said Wednesday. The greatest increases in new cases have been in Mainers under age 40.
As of Wednesday, there have been 87,694 negative test results out of 91,821 overall. About 4 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 1,605 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 59 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 460, 105 and 482 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 (21), Franklin (38), Hancock (15), Kennebec (142), Knox (24), Lincoln (21), Oxford (35), Piscataquis (2), Sagadahoc (32), Somerset (26), Waldo (55) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Thursday.
As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 2,382,702 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 122,020 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.