Another 24 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday’s report brings the cumulative total of coronavirus cases across the state to 4,548. Of those, 4,081 have been confirmed positive, while 467 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Monday’s cumulative total to 4,524, down from 4,526, meaning there was an 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 (2), Cumberland (5), Hancock (2), Kennebec (2), Oxford (1), Penobscot (1), Somerset (3) and York (7) counties, state data show. Information about where another new case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
No new deaths were reported Tuesday, leaving the statewide death toll at 132. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
In addition, two more University of Maine students tested positive for COVID-19, the University of Maine System announced Tuesday. That brings the total number of students on the Orono campus who have the coronavirus to 10.
Across Maine’s public universities, 12 students and one staff member have tested positive.
It is unclear how many of the University of Maine System’s cases are included in the Maine CDC’s count because the agency only reports cases in people who declare Maine as a primary residence.
There are two students at the University of Southern Maine and one adjunct faculty member at Farmington who have tested positive and are in isolation currently. The Maine Law student who previously tested positive has been released from Maine CDC isolation, according to spokesperson Dan Demeritt.
The two new positive cases at the University of Maine in Orono were residence hall students, identified through the university’s asymptomatic arrival screening, and have been moved to campus-based isolation units.
So far, 421 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, nine people are currently hospitalized, with five in critical care and one on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 22 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 3,945. That means there are 471 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is unchanged from Monday.
A majority of the cases — 2,594 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Tuesday, there have been 271,428 negative test results out of 277,849 overall. Two percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,196 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 615, 230 and 941 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 (52), Hancock (47), Kennebec (192), Knox (29), Lincoln (36), Oxford (65), Piscataquis (8), Sagadahoc (61), Somerset (54), Waldo (69) and Washington (15) counties.
As of Tuesday morning, the coronavirus has sickened 6,033,655 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 183,649 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.