Seventeen new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, health officials said Sunday.
Sunday’s report brings the cumulative total of coronavirus cases across the state to 4,682. Of those, 4,210 have been confirmed positive, while 472 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Saturday’s cumulative total to 4,665, down from 4,667. 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 Cumberland (1), Kennebec (1), Oxford (1), Penobscot (1) and York (11) counties, state data show. Information about where additional cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
No new deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the statewide death toll at 134. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
A University of Maine System spokesperson said Sunday that known infections across the state’s public universities now number 12. That includes eight cases at the University of Maine in Orono, one new case at University of Maine at Fort Kent and three students at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, spokesperson Dan Demeritt said.
The student who tested positive at UMFK is in isolation. The student has not attended any classes in person and is non an on-campus student, according to president Deb Hedeen.
One individual at Husson University has tested positive for the virus, according to college president Robert A. Clark on Wednesday. The employee is currently isolating at home. Of employees, 159 out of 634 staff members have been tested, while 691 out of 2,618 students have completed testing. No students have tested positive as of Sunday.
So far, 424 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, six people are currently hospitalized, with two in critical care and two on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 12 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,049. That means there are 499 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state.
A majority of the cases — 2,683 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Sunday, there had been 299,537 negative test results out of 306,142 overall. Just over 1.8 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,217 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 623, 247 and 895 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 (39), Franklin (53), Hancock (50), Kennebec (196), Knox (33), Lincoln (36), Oxford (74), Piscataquis (8), Sagadahoc (62), Somerset (62), Waldo (71) and Washington (15) counties.
As of Sunday afternoon, the coronavirus had sickened 6,262,989 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 188,711 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the number of students and employees tested so far at Husson University.