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Another Maine resident has died as 36 more cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed Tuesday.
There are now 734 cases spread across 15 of Maine’s counties, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah at a Tuesday press conference. That’s up from 698 on Monday.
Of those, 124 Maine residents have been hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, while another 292 people have fully recovered from it.
At present, 37 individuals remain hospitalized. An additional 21 patients are in the intensive care unit, and nine are on ventilators.
The statewide death toll now stands at 20. The most recent death was a woman in her 70s from York County, Shah said.
Shah also provided an update on the numbers of confirmed cases at three congregate care facilities throughout the state.
At Tall Pines Retirement and Healthcare Community in Belfast there are 24 confirmed cases, an increase of one confirmed case since Monday. Five are among staff, the other 19 are residents.
Thirty-eight individuals associated with the Maine Veterans’ Homes facility in Scarborough have tested positive for COVID-19, split between residents and staff. That’s six more positive results from Monday, at which point 26 residents and six staffers had tested positive.
And 63 cases have been confirmed at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation, an increase of eight confirmed cases since Monday. Forty-one residents and 14 staffers had previously tested positive.
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.
So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 331 cases have been confirmed and the bulk of the state’s deaths from the virus have been concentrated. It is one of only three counties — the others are Penobscot and York, with 34 and 152 cases, respectively — where “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.
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 (29), Aroostook (2), Franklin (8), Hancock (5), Kennebec (81), Knox (11), Lincoln (11), Oxford (13), Sagadahoc (14), Somerset (11), Waldo (29) and Washington (1) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected was not immediately available Tuesday morning.
The only county without a confirmed case is Piscataquis.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 598,670 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 25,239 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Watch: Nirav Shah on tracing the origins of coronavirus cases in Maine