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Maine reports first coronavirus death

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Maine Gov. Janet Mills speaks at a press conference about coronavirus on March 12, 2020. Calling it a "sad day for the state of Maine," Mills said Friday, March 27 that the first Mainer had died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is at right.

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A Cumberland County man in his 80s has died after testing positive for COVID-19, marking the state’s first death in Maine of a coronavirus patient, according to a news release on Friday from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]

“This is a sad day for the State of Maine. I know I join countless people in extending my condolences to his family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time,” said Gov. Janet Mills. “Our state is a family. And while we mourn the loss of a member of our Maine family today, I find strength and solace in knowing that we will support one another and that, together, we will get through this.”

Citing privacy concerns, Mills and Dr. Nirav Shah, the director of Maine CDC, declined Friday to release any further details about the man who died.

As of 11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 27, the Maine CDC had confirmed 168 positive tests and 3,394 negative tests for COVID-19. Of those positive tests, 92 have been confirmed in Cumberland County and 33 in York County. Penobscot County, with 6 confirmed cases, remains the only county in northern or eastern Maine with any confirmed cases of the disease.

As of Thursday, March 26, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 994 people who had tested positive for COVID-19 have died nationwide.

 


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