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Another 21 cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in Maine, health officials said Saturday.
There have now been 3,520 cases across all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 3,499 on Friday.
Of those, 3,131 have been confirmed positive, while 389 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.
New cases were tallied in Cumberland (10), Franklin (1), Kennebec (1), Sagadahoc (1) and York (7) counties. Daily changes in county-level data may vary from new case reports as the Maine CDC continues to investigate cases.
One new death was reported Saturday, raising the statewide death toll to 112. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 366 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 16 people are currently hospitalized, with seven in critical care and four on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 41 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 2,972. That means there are 436 active and likely cases in the state, down from 457 on Friday.
Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.
—“Lauded for their service and hailed as everyday heroes, essential workers who get the coronavirus on the job have no guarantee in most states they’ll qualify for workers’ compensation to cover lost wages and medical care.” — Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, The Associated Press
—“As the state’s public and private universities make plans to reopen campus this fall, a majority of professors at Maine’s flagship university don’t want to return to teaching in person.” — Eesha Pendharkar, BDN
—“An increasing number of U.S. small businesses plan to lay off workers after using a federal coronavirus relief loan as many states are slowing or changing reopening plans amid a spike in cases, a new survey shows.” — Mark Niquette, Bloomberg News
—“Reducing plastic waste is harder during the pandemic than it was before COVID-19 came to Maine. Here are 7 ways you can reduce plastic during the pandemic.” — Sam Schipani, BDN
—“A private island in Casco Bay once used as a federal quarantine facility during the last pandemic 100 years ago is now being marketed as a virus-free safe zone for wealthy tourists from New York and Washington, D.C., where they can do most anything — as long as it’s legal.” — Troy R. Bennett, BDN
As of Saturday afternoon, the coronavirus has sickened 3,213,902 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 134,420 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.