Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference at the State House, in Augusta, Maine, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty | AP

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Twenty-six new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in Maine on Friday, bringing the statewide total to 586.

Of those total patients, 111 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness and 246 have recovered, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

There are currently 20 individuals in intensive care and 37 additional individuals who are hospitalized — but not in intensive care —bringing the number of current hospitalizations at 57, according to Nirav Shah, director of Maine CDC.

Shah confirmed on Friday that now 22 cases are affiliated with individuals at Tall Pines Retirement and Health Care Community in Belfast. Nineteen of the cases are residents and three are staff members.

Shah also confirmed that four residents at an Augusta rehab facility have tested positive for COVID-19 as well.

One patient who had previously tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, has died, according to the Maine CDC. That patient was a woman in her 80s from Sagadahoc County.

The total death toll from the virus in Maine now stands at 17.

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

Cumberland County remains the hardest-hit county with 276 total cases and 11 deaths. York County now has 137 total cases and 2 deaths. The Maine CDC announced on Friday that community transmission has been confirmed in Penobscot County making it the third county — alongside Cumberland and York — in which community transmission has been confirmed.

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. That second condition has not yet been “satisfied” in other counties.

Other cases have been detected in Androscoggin (24), Aroostook (2), Franklin (7), Hancock (4), Kennebec (29), Knox (10), Lincoln (9), Oxford (12), Penobscot (33), Sagadahoc (15), Somerset (5), Waldo (19) and Washington (1) counties. Information about where another three cases were detected was not immediately available Thursday morning.

The only county without a confirmed case is Piscataquis.

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

As of 3:30 p.m. Friday, the coronavirus has sickened 486,994 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 18,022 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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