Another Mainer has died as health officials on Wednesday reported 26 new coronavirus cases in the state.
Wednesday’s report brings the cumulative total of coronavirus cases across the state to 4,567. Of those, 4,100 have been confirmed positive, while 467 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Tuesday’s cumulative total to 4,541, down from 4,548, meaning there was an increase of 19 over the previous day’s report, state data show. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined to have not been the coronavirus, or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. Those are removed from the state’s cumulative total.
New cases were reported in Androscoggin (1), Franklin (1), Knox (1), Lincoln (1), Oxford (2), Penobscot (4) and York (10) counties, state data show. Information about where additional cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
The latest death involved a man in his 70s from Somerset County, bringing the statewide death toll to 133. It was the first coronavirus-related death reported in the state in a week. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
The number of cases connected to the Aug. 7 wedding and reception in the Katahdin region has grown to 143, Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said Wednesday. That includes dozens of cases from related outbreaks at the York County Jail in Alfred and Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison.
The outbreak at the county jail building has grown to 74 cases, including 38 inmates, 19 staff and 17 family members of the staffers, according to Long. Meanwhile, 13 people have been infected at the Madison center, including seven residents and six staff, he said.
Another outbreak at Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford has infected at least five people, which remains unchanged from previous reports. The pastor of that church, Todd Bell, officiated the Aug. 7 wedding in East Millinocket, but Long said the outbreak at the church hasn’t been “epidemiologically linked” to the others connected to that wedding.
A University of Maine System spokesperson said Wednesday that infections across the state’s public universities now number 13. That includes two new cases at the University of Maine in Orono, where 10 students have been infected. Five are isolating on campus while the others are in isolation off campus, spokesperson Dan Demeritt said.
The other positive cases include an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine at Farmington and two students at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Demeritt said.
One individual at Husson University has tested positive for the virus, according to college president Robert A. Clark. The employee is currently isolating at home. Seventy-three out of 634 staff members have been tested, while 196 out of 2,618 have completed testing. No students have tested positive as of Wednesday.
So far, 423 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 11 people are currently hospitalized, with six in critical care and one on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 33 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,978. That means there are 456 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is down from 471 on Tuesday.
A majority of the cases — 2,607 — 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 275,757 negative test results out of 282,211 overall. Just under 2 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,196 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 70 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 616, 234 and 851 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 reported in Aroostook (38), Franklin (53), Hancock (47), Kennebec (191), Knox (30), Lincoln (37), Oxford (67), Piscataquis (8), Sagadahoc (61), Somerset (54), Waldo (69) and Washington (15) counties.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 6,082,260 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 184,974 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.