Another Mainer has died and 31 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Thursday.
The latest death is a woman in her 90s from York County.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,836. Of those, 5,206 have been confirmed positive, while 630 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Wednesday’s cumulative total to 5,805, down from 5,816, meaning there was an increase of 20 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 Aroostook (1), Somerset (1), Knox (1), Franklin (2), Kennebec (10), Lincoln (1), Androscoggin (4), Cumberland (4) and York (5) state data show.
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The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 31.1, down from 24.4 yesterday and up from 25.4 a month ago.
The statewide death toll now stands at 144. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
Eleven people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, with five of those people in critical care. One person is on a ventilator. So far, 464 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, 18 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 5,070. That means there are 622 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is down from 621 on Wednesday.
A majority of the cases — 3,406 — 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 528,572 negative test results out of 535,772 overall. About 1.3 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 2,399 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 826, 270 and 1,295 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 (54), Franklin (73), Hancock (56), Kennebec (283), Knox (54), Lincoln (52), Oxford (160), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc (73), Somerset (125), Waldo (84) and Washington (20) counties. The location of two cases was not immediately available on Thursday.
As of Thursday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 7,966,634 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 217,601 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.