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Another Mainer has died as health officials on Sunday confirmed that 42 more coronavirus cases have been detected in Maine.
There have now been 2,055 cases across all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday. That’s up from 2,013 on Saturday.
Of those, 1,845 have been confirmed positive, while 210 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
The statewide death toll has risen to 78. The death reported on Sunday was a man in his 60s from York County
So far, 253 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 59 people are currently hospitalized, with 27 in critical care and 13 on ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, 1,263 people have fully recovered from the virus, meaning there are 714 active and likely cases in the state, according to the Maine CDC. That’s up from 704 on Saturday.
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.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 1,032 cases have been confirmed and where the bulk of virus deaths — 40 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 233, 98 and 344 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 (8), Franklin (36), Hancock (11), Kennebec (128), Knox (20), Lincoln (20), Oxford (21), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (28), Somerset (21) Waldo (51) and Washington (2) counties.
As of Wednesday, there have been 38,154 negative tests out of 40,609. Some people have been tested more than once. The state’s rate of positive tests is 5.4 percent, which is substantially lower than many virus hotspots in the U.S., Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said Wednesday.
As of Sunday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 1,628,251 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 97,424 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
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