Another 50 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Wednesday. It’s the highest single-day increase in nearly a month.
Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 6,027. Of those, 5,381 have been confirmed positive, while 646 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Tuesday’s cumulative total to 5,977, down from 5,989, meaning there was an increase of 38 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 (3), Cumberland (6), Franklin (1), Hancock (1), Kennebec (6), Knox (1), Lincoln (3), Penobscot (5), Sagadahoc (2), Somerset (2), Waldo (6), Washington (2) and York (8) counties, state data show. Information about where two additional cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
Only two counties — Oxford and Piscataquis — reported no new cases. It’s the largest single-day increase since Sept. 29, when 50 new cases were also reported, Maine CDC data show.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 34.9, up from 28 a week ago and up from 28 a month ago.
No new deaths were reported Wednesday, leaving the statewide death toll at 146. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
So far, 470 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, seven people are currently hospitalized with the illness.
Meanwhile, 38 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 5,244. That means there are 637 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is unchanged from Tuesday.
A majority of the cases — 3,519 — 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 563,159 negative test results out of 570,558 overall. About 1.2 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,431 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 839, 284 and 1,334 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 (59), Franklin (74), Hancock (60), Kennebec (298), Knox (61), Lincoln (57), Oxford (157), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc (78), Somerset (127), Waldo (132) and Washington (23) counties. Information about where three other cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 8,282,666 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 221,247 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the number of coronavirus cases that have been reported nationally.