Another 53 new coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Thursday.
Thursday’s report brings the cumulative total of coronavirus cases across the state to 4,617. Of those, 4,145 have been confirmed positive, while 472 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Wednesday’s cumulative total to 4,564, down from 4,567, meaning there was an increase of 50 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.
It was the second-highest daily increase in cases over the past 30 days. On Aug. 29, 55 new cases were reported. Over the past seven days, there has been an average of 30 new cases a day.
No new deaths were reported Thursday, leaving the statewide death toll at 133. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 424 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, nine people are currently hospitalized, with four in critical care and one on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 10 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,988. That means there are 496 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 456 on Wednesday.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.
—“Recent coronavirus case trends in York County are raising alarm bells with state health officials, with the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention saying Thursday that the state could lose its grip on managing COVID-19 if those trends continue.” — Charles Eichacker, BDN
—“Portland school officials gave families the choice to opt their students out of classroom instruction in favor of remote learning, but they did not anticipate that so many of them would. As of this week, about 1,000 students in the school system have opted to not return to the classroom, according to district spokesperson Tess Nacelewicz.” — Nick Schroeder, BDN
—“The explanation that unemployment claims are somehow “stuck” in the computer system that handles them is a familiar one to many Maine people who have reported waiting months for the benefits owed to them.” — Josh Keefe, BDN
—“A second person has now died of COVID-19 in connection with an outbreak of the disease that started with an Aug. 7 wedding in the Katahdin region.” — Charles Eichacker, BDN
—“University of Maine athletics director Ken Ralph believes there is a legitimate chance that winter sports teams will be able to play some games in this calendar year.” — Larry Mahoney, BDN
—“A change to how the University of Maine System provides health care for nearly 2,900 retirees and their dependents has raised alarm that the cost-saving measure could negatively affect their care during the coronavirus pandemic.” — Caitlin Andrews, BDN
—“York County officials said Thursday that they’re launching a “comprehensive inquiry” into the COVID-19 outbreak at the county jail that has so far infected at least 75 people and that came after jail management reportedly didn’t follow some key infection control practices.” — Charles Eichacker, BDN
—“Maine saw new jobless claims rise last week as the state’s economy continues to recover from the pandemic-induced recession while new outbreaks fuel rising case levels.” — Christopher Burns, BDN
—“Maine school superintendents are playing the same waiting game as the rest of the high school community this week as work continues on Maine Principals’ Association recommendations for staging interscholastic fall sports.” — Ernie Clark, BDN
As of Thursday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 6,141,580 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 186,467 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.