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Another Mainer has died from the new coronavirus as health officials confirmed eight more cases in the state on Monday.
There have now been 1,023 confirmed coronavirus cases across all of Maine’s counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 1,015 on Sunday.
The statewide death toll stands at 51. The latest death involved a man in his 70s from Kennebec County.
So far, 161 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 39 people are currently hospitalized, with 16 in critical care and seven on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said Monday that 169 critical care beds, 298 ventilators and 394 alternative ventilators were available.
There were no new outbreaks from long-term care facilities with 268 of the confirmed cases being from these facilities, according to Lambrew.
Of the statewide total, 244 cases have been health care workers.
Meanwhile, another 549 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 423 active cases in the state. That’s down from 433 on Sunday.
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 16,784 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Maine CDC.
Gov. Janet Mills said Monday that she might reduce restrictions on businesses when a stay-at-home order expires on April 30, but said she was likely to extend parts of that order.
So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 459 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of deaths from the virus — 24 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 42, 55 and 196 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 Aroostook (4), Franklin (27), Hancock (9), Kennebec (102), Knox (14), Lincoln (12), Oxford (15), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (18), Somerset (17), Waldo (48) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected was not immediately available Monday.
As of Monday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 979,077 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 55,563 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Watch: The new way that Maine is classifying some COVID-19 cases