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Another three Mainers have died from the new coronavirus as 26 new cases were confirmed Thursday.
There are now 796 coronavirus cases spread across 15 of Maine’s counties, according to Nirav Shah, the director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 770 on Wednesday.
The latest coronavirus cases involved a woman in her 70s from Waldo County, a man in his 70s from York County and a woman in her 80s from York County, Shah said Thursday via video conference from the Maine Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Augusta.
The statewide death toll now stands at 27.
So far, 130 Mainers have been hospitalized with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 47 are currently hospitalized, with 20 in critical condition and seven on ventilators, according to Shah.
Another 333 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, Shah said.
Ten new cases of the coronavirus were confirmed at Tall Pines Retirement and Healthcare Community in Belfast on Thursday, bringing the total number of individuals affiliated with the facility who have tested positive to 35, Shah said. Eight of the new patients are residents, two are staff members.
There are also three new cases at the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough, bringing the total to 41. One new case was reported at the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation, bringing the total to 70.
Three residents and a staff member have tested positive at Falmouth by the Sea. Three residents and two staff members have been confirmed positive at The Cedars in Portland.
A majority of the cases have been in Mainers over age 50, while they are almost evenly split between women and men, according to the Maine CDC.
Another 14,076 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Maine CDC.
Androscoggin became the fourth county in Maine where community transmission has been confirmed, Shah said Thursday. Androscoggin has had 32 confirmed cases and one death.
The other Maine counties with confirmed community transmission are Cumberland County, where 343 cases have been confirmed and the bulk of the state’s deaths from the virus have been concentrated. The others are Penobscot and York, with 37 and 164 cases, respectively.
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 Aroostook (3), Franklin (9), Hancock (5), Kennebec (94), Knox (12), Lincoln (12), Oxford (13), Sagadahoc (15), Somerset (14), Waldo (39) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected was not immediately available Thursday morning.
The only county without a confirmed case is Piscataquis.
Thursday’s increase comes five weeks after the state recorded its first confirmed case of the coronavirus. Life across the state has been radically upended since then, with businesses and schools ordered to close and most Mainers ordered to remain in their homes through the end of April. The virus has brought the economy to a halt, sending jobless claims to record highs. In the past four weeks, 89,500 Mainers have filed for unemployment.
As of Thursday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 653,825 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 30,998 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
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