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Community spread of coronavirus is occurring in Androscoggin County, state officials announced Thursday.
That means the virus is circulating among people who have not traveled to other places that have seen outbreaks of the virus or are not in regular contact with other people known to be infected.
Androscoggin currently has 32 confirmed cases. Eleven of those patients have been hospitalized at some point and 13 have recovered, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. One resident has died after testing positive for COVID-19.
Androscoggin joins Cumberland County, where 343 cases have been confirmed and the bulk of the state’s deaths from the virus have been concentrated, and Penobscot and York counties, with 37 and 164 cases, respectively, according to the Maine CDC.
Androscoggin had the state’s first COVID-19 virus case, a Navy reservist and woman in her 50s who traveled while on duty to Italy, where the virus is widespread. The case was confirmed on March 12.
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.
As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 640,291 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 31,015 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
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