Maine announced 59 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the biggest one-day jump in new cases since May.
York, Cumberland and Androskogin counties reported the majority of new cases, with 16 in York, 15 in Cumberland and 14 in Androskogin. No additional deaths were reported.
The seven-day average daily value of new cases is 33, compared to 36.1 on September 23.
The last time Maine reported more than 50 cases in one day was 51 cases on September 2, and the last time the number of daily cases exceeded Wednesday was May 22, when 65 cases were reported. The biggest one-day jump of the day new cases is 78, which occurred on May 19.
More schools are starting to report outbreaks, including 18 cases at Sanford High School and the Sanford Regional Technical Center. Last week, the CDC in Maine conducted on-site testing of all high school students and staff with 1,000 students.
New outbreaks and isolated cases of COVID-19 have also been reported in greater numbers in several school districts in the past week. Recent schools that have registered cases include Freeport High School and High School, Massabesic High School, Rumford Mountain Mountain High School, Yarmouth Schools, Maranacook Community High School in Kennebec County, and more.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the incidence of COVID-19 in school-age children began to rise in early September as many young people returned to their classrooms. Children now make up 10 percent of all cases, up from 2 percent in April, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Dr Nirav Shah, director of the CDC in Maine, told a media briefing on Tuesday that a shipment of 26,000 antigen tests from Abbott’s labs would arrive in Maine soon, probably next week.
Shah said the US CDC had ordered that for Abbott’s tests, “the main use should be in cases in and among schools.”
He said the state was working on a plan to quickly spread the tests in school districts.
The Illinois-based company, which has a laboratory and manufacturing plant in Scarborough and a manufacturing plant in Westbrook, signed a $ 750 million contract with the federal government in August to produce 150 million tests nationwide. The tests cost $ 5 each and can result in a less invasive nasal swab within 15 minutes.
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