A Mainer has died as 34 new coronavirus cases are reported in Maine, health officials said Friday.
Friday’s report brings the total coronavirus cases in Maine to 4,285. Of those, 3,847 have been confirmed positive, while 438 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Thursday’s cumulative total to 4,251, down from 4,253. 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 Cumberland (6), Penobscot (5), York (11), Aroostook (2), Hancock (2), Kennebec (1) and Waldo (2) counties state data show
The death toll now stands at 129. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60. The death announced on Friday was a woman in her 70s from Androscoggin County.
So far, 407 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, seven people are currently hospitalized, with one in critical care and one on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 19 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,698. That means there are 458 active and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 446 on Monday.
A majority of the cases — 2,406 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Friday, there have been 226,682 negative test results out of 232,769 overall. Just under 2.3 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,154 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 69 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 586, 207 and 724 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 (37), Franklin (47), Hancock (44), Kennebec (176), Knox (28), Lincoln (35), Oxford (59), Piscataquis (7), Sagadahoc (58), Somerset (42), Waldo (66) and Washington (15) counties.
As of Friday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 5,579,142 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 173,306 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.