Another 25 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Monday.
Monday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,962. Of those, 5,323 have been confirmed positive, while 639 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Sunday’s cumulative total to 5,937, down from 5,939, meaning there was an increase of 23 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.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 33.9, up from 32.4 a week ago and up from 27.3 a month ago.
New cases were reported in Cumberland (3), Kennebec (3), Lincoln (1), Penobscot (1), Waldo (12), Washington (1) and York (4) counties, state data show.
On Monday, Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long said that 32 coronavirus cases have now been associated with an outbreak at Brooks Pentecostal Church and its Lighthouse Christian Academy. That’s up from 17 cases over the weekend.
People who spent any time at Brooks Pentecostal Church or Lighthouse Christian Academy since Oct. 2 should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, the Maine CDC has said. Anyone who attended a “fellowship rally” that the congregation hosted between Oct. 2 and Oct. 4 could have been exposed to the virus.
The church livestreamed its Oct. 4 services on its Facebook page, during which a visiting pastor from Oklahoma led morning and evening services. Parishioners were sitting close to one another in the pews and not wearing face coverings to prevent transmission of the virus.
That outbreak comes on the heels of another associated with Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, where maskless indoor services were held even after its pastor, Todd Bell, officiated an Aug. 7 wedding in East Millinocket that sparked Maine’s largest coronavirus outbreak and some of his own parishioners were found to have the disease.
More than a half dozen Mainers have died and roughly 180 have been infected after catching the coronavirus in connection with the wedding, which also has been linked to secondary outbreaks at a rehabilitation center in Madison and the York County Jail in Alfred.
No new deaths were reported Monday, leaving the statewide death toll at 146. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 469 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, eight people are currently hospitalized.
Meanwhile, 30 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 5,175. That means there are 641 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is down from 648 on Sunday.
A majority of the cases — 3,484— 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 551,906 negative test results out of 559,217 overall. About 1.3 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,427 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 834, 274 and 1,321 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 (56), Franklin (73), Hancock (56), Kennebec (292), Knox (59), Lincoln (54), Oxford (157), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc (77), Somerset (126), Waldo (124) and Washington (21) counties. Information about where an additional case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Monday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 8,160,132 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 219,765 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.