Another 37 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Friday.
Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,468. Of those, 4,900 have been confirmed positive, while 568 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the statewide death toll standing at 142. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
Thursday’s cumulative total remained 5,468. 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.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases has risen to 35.4, up from 33.4 a week ago and up from 24.3 a month ago.
State education officials on Friday made no changes to the state’s color-coded, school safety designations for all 16 counties.
Last Friday, the state had moved a second county, Oxford, into yellow territory, meaning it’s not safe for schools there to be open for full-time, in-person learning. The only other county with that designation is York County, which has seen virus cases surge following an August wedding in the Katahdin region attended by several York County residents.
All other counties have a green designation, but the state had planned to reassess Androscoggin County’s green label following an increase in virus cases there. It decided Friday against downgrading that county’s rating, but state education officials said they planned to closely monitor the county.
So far, 452 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 11 are currently hospitalized, two are in critical care and one is on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 37 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,741. That means there are 585 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is the same as 585 on Thursday.
As of Friday, there have been 451,561 negative test results out of 459,167 overall. About 1.5 percent of all tests have come back positive, the most recently available Maine CDC data show.
A majority of the cases — 3,166— have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,340 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 754, 259 and 1,223 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 (46), Franklin (62), Hancock (54), Kennebec (224), Knox (43), Lincoln (50), Oxford (152), Piscataquis (9), Sagadahoc (69), Somerset (86), Waldo (77) and Washington (18) counties. Information about where two additional cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of early Friday afternoon, the coronavirus had sickened 7,299,080 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 208,191 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.