Another Mainer has died as health officials on Monday reported 186 new coronavirus cases across the state.
Monday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 10,544. Of those, 9,471 have been confirmed positive, while 1,073 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Sunday’s cumulative total to 10,358, down from 10,359, meaning there was a net increase of 185 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. The Bangor Daily News reports on the number of new cases reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, rather than the increase of daily cumulative cases.
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New cases were reported in Androscoggin (15), Cumberland (43), Franklin (1), Hancock (1), Kennebec (28), Knox (6), Lincoln (5), Oxford (7), Penobscot (18), Sagadahoc (2), Somerset (7), Waldo (3) and York (49) counties, state data show. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
Only three counties — Aroostook, Piscataquis and Washington — reported no new cases.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 205.9, up from 204.4 a day ago, up from 189 a week ago and up from 33 a month ago.
A man in his 50s from Lincoln County has died, bringing the statewide death toll to 177. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
Health officials have warned Mainers that “forceful and widespread” community transmission is being seen throughout the state. Every county is seeing high community transmission, which the Maine CDC defines as a case rate of 16 or more cases per 10,000 people.
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.
There are now 84 known cases of coronavirus among more than 30,000 University of Maine System students, faculty and staff, according to UMS spokesperson Dan Demeritt.
Of the 80 cases reported, 22 are among residence hall students.
There are 66 cases with 6 new cases involving students — five commuter and one residential — at the University of Maine; Three cases at University of Maine at Augusta; Two cases at University of Maine Farmington; One case at University of Maine at Machias; Four cases at University of Maine at Presque Isle; and eight cases at University of Southern Maine with two commuter students released from isolation.
The only two schools in the UMS with no active cases of coronavirus are University of Maine at Fort Kent and University of Maine Law School.
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So far, 674 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 103 people are currently hospitalized, with 45 in critical care and 11 on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 195 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 7,986. That means there are 2,381 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is down from 2,392 on Sunday.
A majority of the cases — 6,286 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Monday, there have been 825,553 negative test results out of 838,605 overall. About 1.5 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 3,599 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 71 — have been concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (1,390), Aroostook (95), Franklin (196), Hancock (214), Kennebec (696), Knox (194), Lincoln (139), Oxford (292), Penobscot (666), Piscataquis (35), Sagadahoc (136), Somerset (409), Waldo (213), Washington (178) and York (2,089) counties. Information about where an additional three cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Monday evening, the coronavirus had sickened 12,369,978 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 257,274 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.