Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah speaks during a press briefing in Augusta in this March 23, 2020, file photo. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Another 32 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Saturday.

Saturday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,696. Of those, 5,105 have been confirmed positive, while 591 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

New cases were reported in Androscoggin (8), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (6), Franklin (1), Oxford (2), Sagadahoc (1), Somerset (5) and York (6) counties, state data show.

The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 34.3, up from 33.4 a week ago and up from 22.6 a month ago.

No new deaths were reported Saturday, leaving the statewide death toll at 143. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.

So far, 462 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Information about those currently hospitalized wasn’t immediately available.

Meanwhile, 18 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,951. That means there are 602 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 590 on Thursday.

A majority of the cases — 3,300— 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 had been 493,158 negative test results out of 501,020 overall. About 1.5 percent of all tests have come back positive, the most recently available Maine CDC data show.

The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,383 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 799, 268 and 1,269 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 (52), Franklin (67), Hancock (55), Kennebec (258), Knox (51), Lincoln (50), Oxford (154), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc (72), Somerset (108), Waldo (79) and Washington (20) counties. Information about the location of one other case was not available on Saturday morning.

As of Saturday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 7,667,640 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 213,816 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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