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Another Mainer has died as 27 more cases of the coronavirus were reported on Thursday.
Thursday’s report brings the total coronavirus cases in Maine to 3,888. Of those, 3,477 have been confirmed positive, while 411 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Wednesday’s cumulative total to 3,861, down from 3,866, meaning there was a net increase of 22 over the previous day’s report, state data show. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined to have not been the coronavirus, or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. Those are removed from the state’s cumulative total.
New cases were reported in Androscoggin (3), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (5), Hancock (4), Kennebec (2), Sagadahoc (2) and York (8) counties, state data show.
The latest death involved a man in his 80s from Kennebec County, bringing the statewide death toll to 122. Information about that case wasn’t immediately available. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 386 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 11 people are currently hospitalized, with eight people in critical care and three on ventilators.
Meanwhile, nine more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,345. That means there are 421 active and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 409 on Wednesday.
A majority of the cases — 2,169 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Thursday, there have been 167,719 negative test results out of 173,191 overall. Just under 3 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,032 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 68 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 547, 141 and 641 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 reported in Aroostook (32), Franklin (45), Hancock (27), Kennebec (162), Knox (25), Lincoln (33), Oxford (51), Piscataquis (3), Sagadahoc (45), Somerset (34), Waldo (62) and Washington (7) counties. Information about where another case was reported wasn’t immediately available Thursday morning.
As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 4,431,399 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 150,756 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.