Today is Thursday. There have now been 2,836 confirmed and likely cases of the new coronavirus in all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
A Cumberland County resident is the latest person to have died from the virus in Maine, bringing the statewide death toll to 102.
So far, 323 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 27 people are currently hospitalized, with 10 in critical care and five on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 2,275 people have fully recovered from the virus, meaning there are 459 active and likely cases in the state, according to the Maine CDC. That’s down from 485 on Tuesday.
Here’s a roundup of the latest news about the coronavirus and its impact in Maine.
— “While Maine has seen nursing home residents become infected with and die from the coronavirus at one of the lowest rates in the country, it has lagged most states in performing the in-person inspections of those homes that the federal government has ordered as part of its response to the pandemic. Those in-person inspections can be an important step in identifying whether facilities are taking appropriate precautions and have enough resources to protect their staff and residents from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.” — Charles Eichacker, BDN
— “Maine lags behind New England neighbors when it comes to allocating the largest chunk of the coronavirus relief funding from the federal government as it lobbies for more flexibility and money to address blooming shortfalls across state and local government. More than $1 billion received as part of a March stimulus package has yet to be designated, though the administration of Gov. Janet Mills has given clues about some of its top priorities amid criticism for not moving faster and a bailout request from the hospitality industry.” — Jessica Piper, BDN
— “A displaced cruise ship docked at the nation’s rural northeastern tip is big enough to hold the host community’s entire population. The Oceania Riviera, which is temporarily residing in Eastport, population 1,300, provides an example of the lengths cruise companies are going through to find places for ships with nowhere to go during the coronavirus pandemic.” — David Sharp, The Associated Press
— “The United States and Canada have extended the border closure until July 21. The border between the two countries has been closed to noncommercial and nonemergency traffic since mid-March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 between the two countries.” — Alexander MacDougall, The Houlton Pioneer Times
— As of early Thursday morning, the coronavirus has sickened at least 2,168,290 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 117,717 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 7,733 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 4,219 in Connecticut, 876 in Rhode Island, 330 in New Hampshire and 55 in Vermont.