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One Mainer has died as 38 more cases of the coronavirus are detected in Maine, health officials said on Friday.
There have now been 3,636 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 3,598 on Thursday.
Of those, 3,239 have been confirmed positive, while 397 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
New cases were tallied in Androscoggin (2), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (23), Franklin (1), Kennebec (1), Knox (1), Lincoln (2), Oxford (1), Somerset (1) Penobscot (1) and York (4) counties. Daily changes in county-level data may vary from new case reports as the Maine CDC continues to investigate cases.
The death toll now stands at 115. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60. The death announced Friday was a woman in her 80s from Penobscot County.
Meanwhile, 20 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,114. That means there are 407 active and likely cases in the state, up from 390 on Thursday.
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So far, 375 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 12 people have been hospitalized, with 11 in critical care and five on ventilators.
A majority of the cases — 2,017 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Friday, there have been 136,340 negative test results out of 141,394 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 1,934 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 509, 129 and 588 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 (26), Franklin (42), Hancock (19), Kennebec (148), Knox (25), Lincoln (29), Oxford (49), Piscataquis (4), Sagadahoc (34), Somerset (32), Waldo (60) and Washington (5) counties. Information about where another three cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Friday morning.
As of Friday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 3,576,593 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 138,362 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.