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Another eight cases of the coronavirus have been detected in Maine, health officials said Tuesday.
There have now been 3,566 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 3,558 on Monday.
Of those, 3,168 have been confirmed positive, while 398 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
New cases were tallied in Aroostook (1), Cumberland (3), Franklin (1) and York (3) counties. Daily changes in county-level data may vary from new case reports as the Maine CDC continues to investigate cases.
No new deaths were reported Tuesday, leaving the statewide death toll at 114. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
Meanwhile, 54 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,062. That means there are 390 active and likely cases in the state, down from 436 on Monday.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.
—“A record flood of absentee ballots is expected to help Maine meet turnout projections in Tuesday’s election, even as the coronavirus pandemic curbs in-person turnout across the state.” — Michael Shepherd, BDN
—“The state is now opening 18 new drive-up coronavirus testing sites in places as far abreast as South Portland and Presque Isle as part of a previously announced expansion to the state’s overall ability to detect the disease.” — Charles Eichacker, BDN
—“The Bangor and Brewer school departments, like many others in the state, are putting together three separate plans for reopening public schools in fall, including a full return to in-person schooling, a combination of in-person and online learning and a fully online semester. But to decide which plan to put into action, they will need input from the state.” — Eesha Pendharkar, BDN
—“Three inmates at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland have become infected with the coronavirus as part of a new outbreak of the disease, according to state health officials.” — Charles Eichacker, BDN
—“Maine could benefit from a potentially rich trove of unused federal funds that have not yet factored into state discussions on rebuilding an economy hammered by the coronavirus.” — Lori Valigra, BDN
—“One hundred years from now, when future Mainers decide to research what happened during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020, what information will they find? What photos and artwork will they see? What kinds of documents will they come across? Whose stories will they read? A number of Maine libraries are hoping to create an archive of all those things by asking Mainers to contribute their stories, photos, artwork and other documents about their experience during the pandemic. The goal is to create a large-scale picture of how the state got through the pandemic — the bad, the good and everything in between.” — Emily Burnham, BDN
As of Tuesday evening, the coronavirus has sickened 3,407,798 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 136,252 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.