Sunday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,723. Of these, 5,128 were confirmed positive, while 595 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Saturday’s cumulative total to 5,692, from 5,696, meaning there was an increase of 31 from the previous day’s report, state data showed. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, it is determined that some are not cases of coronavirus or coronavirus not involving Mainers. These are removed from the state running total.
New cases have been reported in Cumberland (3), Androscoggin (8), York (6), Franklin (2), Oxford (1), Sagadahoc (7), Penobscot (1) and Somerset (4) counties, according to state data.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 34.3, down from 33.4 a week ago and down from 22.6 a month ago.
No new deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the statewide death toll at 143. Almost all of the deaths have been in Mainers over the age of 60.
So far, 463 Mainers have been hospitalized at any given time with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Information on those currently hospitalized was not immediately available.
Meanwhile, nine more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,970. That means there are 610 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, up from 602 on Saturday.
A majority of the cases – 3,318 – have been in Mainers under the age of 50, while more cases have been reported in women than in men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Friday, there were 493,158 negative test results out of a total of 501,020. About 1.5 percent of all tests came back positive, according to the most recent data from the Maine CDC.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,386 cases have been reported and the bulk of deaths from the virus – 70 – have been concentrated. It is one of four counties – the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 807, 269 and 1,275 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 percent of these are neither related to known cases nor to travel. This second condition has not yet been “fulfilled” in other countries.
Other cases have been reported in Aroostook (52), Franklin (69), Hancock (55), Kennebec (258), Knox (51), Lincoln (50), Oxford (155), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc ( 72), Somerset (112), Waldo (79) and Washington (20). Information on the whereabouts of three other cases was not available on Sunday morning.
As of Sunday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 7,719,600 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and caused 214,379 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine. . .