May 15, 2020
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No new coronavirus deaths as 38 more cases are detected in Maine

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Another 38 cases of the coronavirus have been detected in Maine.

There have now been 1,603 cases across all of Maine’s counties since March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 1,565 on Thursday.

Of those, 1,437 have been confirmed positive, while 166 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.

No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the statewide death toll at 69.

[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]

So far, 211 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 35 people are currently hospitalized, with 16 in critical care and eight on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.

Meanwhile, 993 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, meaning there are 541 active and likely cases in the state. That’s up from 538 on Thursday.

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.

Additionally, 33,035 Mainers have tested negative for the coronavirus.

The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 798 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 34 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 113, 91 and 281 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 (7), Franklin (33), Hancock (10), Kennebec (116), Knox (21), Lincoln (16), Oxford (17), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (26), Somerset (19) Waldo (50) and Washington (2) counties. Information about where another two cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Friday.

As of Friday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 1,432,045 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 86,851 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

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