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Three more elderly Mainers have died from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 50, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
That makes this week the deadliest week since the first known death was announced almost a month ago, with 18 new deaths recorded. Thursday marked the most deaths, with five people, state health officials said.
All three new deaths are women over 80 years old, said Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long. They are from Androscoggin, Franklin and Waldo counties.
The state also reported 25 more confirmed cases on Saturday, bringing the total to 990 in all of Maine’s counties.
So far, 156 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 39 people are currently hospitalized in the state, with 17 in critical care and 7 on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, another 519 people have fully recovered, meaning there are 419 active cases in the state. That’s up from 419 recoveries on Friday.
Over half the state’s deaths have been nursing home residents, according to the Maine CDC, with 25 deaths occurring at six long-term care facilities around the state as of Friday afternoon.
The majority of cases continue to be in Cumberland County, which has 434 cases. That’s just under half of all cases in the state but the most deaths at 24. York County has the second-highest number of cases with 194.
Those two counties, along with Androscoggin and Penobscot counties, have confirmed “community transmission.” That means at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of those are not connected to either known cases or travel.
The virus has also been detected in Aroostook (4), Franklin (27), Hancock (9), Kennebec (101), Knox (13), Lincoln (12), Oxford (15), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (18), Somerset (17), Waldo (48) and Washington (2) counties. The state also listed on Saturday two cases with “unknown” locations.
A majority of the cases — 63 percent — have been in Mainers over age 50, while 34 percent have been in people between ages 20 and 49 and 2 percent under age 20. Just over half the confirmed cases in the state are men, according to the Maine CDC.
The number of people who have tested negative for the coronavirus — 16,784 — has not changed since Friday, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Saturday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 905,364 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 51,956 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
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