Click here for the latest coronavirus news, which the BDN has made free for the public. You can support our critical reporting on the coronavirus by purchasing a digital subscription or donating directly to the newsroom.
Another Mainer has died as health officials confirmed 26 more cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in the state.
There have now been 1,462 confirmed and likely coronavirus cases across all of Maine’s counties, according to Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Nirav Shah. That’s up from 1,436 on Sunday.
Of those, 1,328 have been confirmed positive, while 134 are likely positive, according to Shah.
A male in his 70s from Cumberland County died from the coronavirus, bringing the statewide death toll to 65.
So far, 200 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 37 people are currently hospitalized, with 17 in critical care and nine on ventilators, according to Shah.
Meanwhile, another 872 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 525 active and likely cases in the state. That’s up from 511 on Sunday.
Of the 1,462 total cases, 315 are health care workers, Shah said.
The ongoing outbreaks include the Hope House in Bangor (18 residents, 4 staff), the Augusta Center for Health and Rehabilitation (48 residents, 28 staff, 7 deaths), Edgewood (13 residents, 6 staff, 1 death), the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough (32 residents, 23 staff, 13 deaths), Springbrook Center (17 residents, 8 staff), Tall Pines (32 residents, 11 staff, 13 deaths), The Cedars (11 residents, 6 staff, 1 death) and Tyson Foods (51 workers).
Three new outbreaks at group homes for people with disabilities — run by Spurwink, Residential and Community Support Services and Granite Bay Care Inc. — have been detected and account for at least 10 new cases of the coronavirus, according to Shah.
The Residential and Community Support Services location in Sanford has four total cases, with one resident in a single-person home and three staff members testing positive, according to Angie Marquis, the organization’s director of clinical services. An additional staff member had contact with the home and is waiting for test results, she said.
At the Granite Bay Care location in Brunswick, two residents and four staff members tested positive, State Director Elizabeth Sullivan said. The organization, which runs group homes throughout much of southern Maine, has had a total of six residents and 14 staff members test positive since early April, she said.
The Spurwink facility — the Maple House in Portland — recorded three cases, according to Shah.
The state is investigating all three outbreaks which include looking into whether the homes shared a staff member or if residents of one home visited another, Shah said.
A majority of the cases have been in Mainers over age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
Another 22,092 people have tested negative for the coronavirus, according to the Maine CDC.
So far, the coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 714 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 31 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 92, 90 and 262 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 (6), Franklin (31), Hancock (10), Kennebec (110), Knox (19), Lincoln (15), Oxford (17), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (21), Somerset (17) Waldo (49) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another six cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Monday.
As of Monday evening, the coronavirus has sickened 1,345,307 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 80,239 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
BDN reporter Caitlin Andrews contributed to this report.
Watch: Janet Mills announces partnership to triple testing capacity