Another 38 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Wednesday.
Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,171. Of those, 4,643 have been confirmed positive, while 528 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Tuesday’s cumulative total to 5,133, down from 5,146, meaning there was an increase of 25 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 (6), Aroostook (1), Cumberland (4), Oxford (6), Sagadahoc (1), Washington (1) and York (18) counties, state data show. Information about where another case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases has risen to 34.9, up from 28.1 a week ago and 23.1 a month ago.
Turner-area schools have become the latest to transition back to remote learning after four positive coronavirus cases within the MSAD 52 system. Superintendent Kimberly Brandt said in a Tuesday letter to parents that the cases aren’t considered part of an outbreak because they have occurred in three different schools. The Maine CDC defines an outbreak as three or more linked cases.
The schools — Turner Primary School, Turner Elementary School, Tripp Middle School and Leavitt Area High School — will hold classes remotely through the beginning of October, Brandt said. The schools will undergo a thorough cleaning during the closure.
That follows the first reported outbreak in a Maine school system. Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center have moved to remote learning after an outbreak that has infected at least 13 people. Other cases have been detected in school systems in Falmouth and Lewiston.
No new deaths were reported Wednesday, leaving the statewide death toll at 140. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 441 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 14 people are currently hospitalized, with two in critical care.
Meanwhile, 38 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,445. That means there are 586 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is down from 599 on Tuesday.
A majority of the cases — 2,981— have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Monday, there have been 377,931 negative test results out of 385,064 overall. About 1.6 percent of all tests have come back positive, the most recently available Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,290 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 693, 252 and 1,115 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 (43), Franklin (60), Hancock (53), Kennebec (207), Knox (36), Lincoln (41), Oxford (132), Piscataquis (9), Sagadahoc (65), Somerset (85), Waldo (73) and Washington (16) counties.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 6,902,930 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 201,120 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.