Two more people in Maine who tested positive for the disease caused by the coronavirus have died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The individuals were a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s, both from Cumberland County, the Maine CDC said Sunday.
Both individuals were hospitalized at the time of their deaths. Due to privacy laws, the Maine CDC said it is limited in releasing further details.
However, Gov. Janet Mills confirmed that the man in his 60s was a longtime employee of the Maine Department of Transportation.
In an email, Mills expressed her condolences to his family and friends and thanked him for his service to the state.
“Our entire MaineDOT family mourns this tragic loss,” MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note said. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague’s family and friends, and we remain forever grateful for his service to the State of Maine.”
The email said that based on the employee’s travel history and the fact that he did not return to work after his vacation, the Maine CDC said the risk to other MaineDOT employees is extremely low.
The first death of an individual in Maine who tested positive for COVID-19 was reported on Friday. That individual was a man in his 80s from Cumberland County. COVID-19 is the disease caused by the coronavirus.
As of noon today, the Maine CDC has reported 253 positive tests for COVID-19. Of those 253 patients, 45 have been hospitalized and 41 have recovered.