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Another 12 cases of the coronavirus have been detected in Maine, health officials said Wednesday.
There have now been 3,578 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 3,566 on Tuesday.
Of those, 3,186 have been confirmed positive, while 392 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
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New cases were tallied in Androscoggin (4), Cumberland (4), Oxford (1), Penobscot (1), Waldo (1) and Washington (1) 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 Wednesday, leaving the statewide death toll at 114. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 373 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 12 are currently hospitalized, with nine in critical care and four on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 17 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,079. That means there are 385 active and likely cases in the state, down from 390 on Tuesday.
A majority of the cases — 1,982 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Wednesday, there have been 1230,754 negative test results out of 135,727 overall. Just over 3 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 1,901 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 67 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 506, 125 and 580 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 (24), Franklin (41), Hancock (18), Kennebec (147), Knox (25), Lincoln (26), Oxford (48), Piscataquis (4), Sagadahoc (34), Somerset (31), Waldo (60) and Washington (5) counties. Information about where another three cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Wednesday morning.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 3,448,625 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 136,699 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.