June 01, 2020
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470 coronavirus cases now confirmed in Maine

Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Troy R. Bennett | BDN
Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah speaks during a press briefing at the Maine Emergency Management Agency in Augusta in this March 23, 2020, file photo.

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Another 14 cases of the new coronavirus have been confirmed in Maine.

There are now 470 cases spread across 15 Maine counties, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday. That’s up from 456 on Saturday.

That includes 86 Maine residents who have been hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, while another 156 people have fully recovered from it, according to the Maine CDC.

The death toll in Maine remains at 10. The latest death, a man in his 70s from York County, was confirmed Saturday.

A majority of the cases have been in Maine residents over age 50, while they are evenly split between women and men.

No cases have been confirmed within the Maine prison system, though the Maine Department of Corrections reports that 11 adults have been tested as of Friday. Four of those cases have come back negative and results are pending for another seven. Seven adults and one juvenile have been isolated within the system.

Sunday’s increase comes a day after Republican President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for the state of Maine, which means that state agencies, cities and towns will be reimbursed for 75 percent of approved costs from their outbreak response.

The state’s efforts to halt the virus’ spread ratcheted up last week, with Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday ordering all travelers coming into Maine to quarantine themselves for 14 days and on Tuesday issuing a statewide stay-at-home order that remains in place until at least April 30.

So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 238 cases have been confirmed. It is one of two counties — the other is York County, with 101 cases — where “community transmission” has been confirmed. The Maine CDC continues to investigate the possibility of community transmission in Androscoggin (20 cases), Kennebec (22), Penobscot (22) and Sagadahoc (13) counties.

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. Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine CDC, said last week that second condition has not yet been “satisfied” in those four counties.

Other cases have been detected in Aroostook (1), Franklin (4), Hancock (2), Knox (9), Lincoln (8), Oxford (11), Somerset (4), Waldo (3) and Washington (1) counties. Information about where another 11 cases were detected was not immediately available Sunday morning.

The only county without a confirmed case is Piscataquis.

As of Sunday, the coronavirus has sickened 304,826 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 7,616 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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