Another Mainer has died as health officials on Wednesday reported 24 new coronavirus cases in the state.
Wednesday’s report brings the total coronavirus cases in Maine to 4,389. Of those, 3,942 have been confirmed positive, while 447 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Tuesday’s cumulative total to 4,365, down from 4,368, meaning there was an increase of 21 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 (2), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (1), Kennebec (1), Penobscot (1), Piscataquis (1), Somerset (1) and York (12) counties, state data show. Information about where the other cases were detected wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.
The latest death involved a woman in her 80s from York County, bringing the statewide death toll to 132. Information about that case wasn’t immediately available. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said Wednesday that 85 cases have now been linked to the Aug. 7 wedding and reception in Millinocket. That includes six cases from an outbreak at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison and 18 cases from an outbreak at the York County Jail in Alfred.
Of those cases, 32 are considered primary, 33 secondary infections and 20 tertiary infections, Long said.
No new outbreak investigations have been opened since Tuesday, he said.
So far, 412 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, eight people are currently hospitalized, with five in critical care and one on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 34 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,818. That means there are 439 active and “probable” cases in the state, which is down from 453 on Tuesday.
A majority of the cases — 2,475 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Wednesday, there have been 244,755 negative test results out of 250,331 overall. Just under 2.2 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,167 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 70 — have been concentrated. It is one of four counties — the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 596, 221 and 768 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 (38), Franklin (48), Hancock (46), Kennebec (183), Knox (29), Lincoln (35), Oxford (59), Piscataquis (8), Sagadahoc (59), Somerset (47), Waldo (69) and Washington (15) counties. Information about where another case was detected wasn’t immediately available Wednesday.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 5,781,834 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 178,578 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.