Another 42 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Thursday.
Thursday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 6,064. Of those, 5,411 have been confirmed positive, while 653 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Wednesday’s cumulative total to 6,022, down from 6,027, meaning there was an increase of 37 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 (1), Cumberland (5), Hancock (2), Kennebec (5), Lincoln (4), Oxford (2), Sagadahoc (1), Somerset (1), Waldo (6), Washington (6) and York (9) counties, state data show.
The one-day jump of six cases in Washington County stood out for the Maine county with the second lowest infection rate in the state. The county has now seen 29 cases since the start of the pandemic, up from 23 recorded on Tuesday. The number of active infections in the county more than doubled — growing from four to 10 — between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said Thursday that the agency is looking into whether the new cases are connected.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases throughout Maine is 37, up from 30.3 a week ago and up from 30.3 a month ago. That average is the highest the state has seen since late June.
No new deaths were reported Thursday, 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.
Meanwhile, 25 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 5,269. That means there are 649 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 637 on Wednesday.
A majority of the cases — 3,544 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Thursday, there have been 569,694 negative test results out of 577,139 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 2,436 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 840, 284 and 1,344 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 (62), Kennebec (301), Knox (61), Lincoln (60), Oxford (157), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc (79), Somerset (129), Waldo (138) and Washington (29) counties. Information about where another case was reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Thursday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 8,354,300 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 222,146 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.
Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated the cumulative total of coronavirus recoveries.