Another two Mainers and 427 coronavirus cases have been reported across the state, Maine health officials said Monday. It breaks the previous record-high of 425 cases reported on Dec. 7.
Monday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 16,349, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 15,923 on Sunday.
Of those, 14,339 have been confirmed positive, while 2,010 were classified as “probable cases,” the Maine CDC reported.
The statewide death toll now stands at 259. The two latest deaths include a man and a woman both in their 80s from York County.
The agency revised Sunday’s cumulative total to 15,922, down from 15,923. 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 Bangor Daily News reports on the number of new cases reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, rather than the increase of daily cumulative cases.
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New cases were reported in Aroostook (12), Washington (1), Hancock (14), Penobscot (41), Piscataquis (1), Somerset (6), Waldo (7), Knox (3), Kennebec (13), Franklin (9), Oxford (56), Cumberland (66), York (77), Sagadahoc (7) and Androscoggin (105) counties, state data show. Information about where an additional two cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
Only one county — Lincoln — did not report any new cases Sunday.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 368.7, which is up from 368.6 a day ago, up from 290.4 a week ago and up from 172.9 a month ago.
Health officials have warned Mainers that “forceful and widespread” community transmission is being seen throughout the state. Every county is seeing high community transmission, which the Maine CDC defines as a case rate of 16 or more cases per 10,000 people.
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.
So far, 893 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. As of Monday, 198 Mainers were hospitalized, with 56 in critical care and 17 on a ventilator.
Meanwhile, 57 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 10,548. That means there are 5,542 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 5,175 on Sunday.
A majority of the cases — 9,612 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
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As of Monday, there had been 1,030,077 negative test results out of 1,052,653 overall. About 2 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 4,982 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 79 — have been concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (2,025), Aroostook (290), Franklin (345), Hancock (400), Kennebec (1,222), Knox (273), Lincoln (189), Oxford (674), Penobscot (1,309), Piscataquis (73), Sagadahoc (209), Somerset (575), Waldo (288), Washington (215) and York (3,269) counties. Information about where an additional 11 cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Monday afternoon, the coronavirus had sickened 16,388,504 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 300,267 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.