A sign off Interstate 95 in Bangor urges people to stay home in this April 1, 2020, file photo, a day before Gov. Janet Mills order that people in the state stay in their homes except for essential activities took effect. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik

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More than a dozen people who are residents of other states have tested positive for the new coronavirus in Maine, a top state health official said Thursday.

Those 17 people are not included in Maine’s 560 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, according to Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Instead, their home states are tracking the cases, he said.

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

Shah could not say whether any of those out-of-staters who have tested positive are still in Maine, when asked during a Thursday press briefing. He also was unsure how many of those might have been New Hampshire residents who merely sought care across the border in Maine.

Meanwhile, there are 13 Maine residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus outside of the state, but Shah said they are included in Maine’s overall total.

That is the standard practice among state disease control agencies, Shah has said.

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