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Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a press conference Tuesday in Augusta.
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Another Mainer died when health officials confirmed 39 new cases of coronavirus in the state on Thursday.
According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1,095 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in all of Maine’s counties. It’s over 1,056 on Wednesday.
The latest death involved a Cumberland County resident, bringing the statewide death toll to 53.
[Our COVID-19 tracker contains the most recent information on Maine cases by county]
Almost half of the new cases confirmed Thursday – 19 – involved residents of Penobscot County. This comes a day after revelations about an epidemic at the Hope House Health and Living Center in Bangor that infected 21 residents and staff at the homeless shelter. Two of these cases were detected late last week and a third earlier this week. Eighteen others were confirmed positive on Wednesday afternoon, shelter spokesperson Dan Cashman told the BDN.
So far, 170 Mainers have been hospitalized at one time with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Of these, 35 people are currently hospitalized, including 18 in intensive care and eight under ventilators, according to the Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, another 631 people have fully recovered from the coronavirus, which means there are 411 active cases in the state. It’s over 389 on Wednesday.
According to the Maine CDC, the majority of cases have occurred in Mainers over the age of 50, while more cases have been reported in women than in men.
According to the Maine CDC, 19,546 people tested negative for the coronavirus.
Thursday’s report comes as the state prepares to gradually ease restrictions on the coronavirus that have been put in place to stop the spread of the disease. Under a new order from Democratic Governor Janet Mills, certain businesses, including hair salons, salons and other personal services, will be allowed to reopen on Friday, while maintaining a ban on assembling 10 or more people and restrictions on housing and other industries in summer. This will begin to alleviate the economic crisis that has left 108,500 Mainers unemployed since March 15 and has sparked protests calling on the governor to allow businesses to reopen.
So far, the coronavirus has hit Cumberland County the hardest, where 486 cases have been confirmed and the majority of deaths from the virus – 26 – have been concentrated. It is one of four counties – the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 48, 78 and 205 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 at least 25% of these are not linked to any known case or to any trip. This second condition is not yet “met” in other countries.
Other cases have been detected in Aroostook (5), Franklin (27), Hancock (10), Kennebec (104), Knox (16), Lincoln (13), Oxford (15), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc ( 19), Somerset (17), Waldo (48) and Washington (2). Information on where another case was detected was not immediately available on Thursday.
Coronavirus sickened 1,043,595 people in the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Thursday morning, and 61,288 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. .
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