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Maine set a new grim record on Tuesday when public health officials reported another 20 coronavirus deaths and 227 new cases nationwide.
This is the largest number of deaths reported in a single day since health officials reported November 12-24. Not all of the deaths reported on Tuesday occurred in the last 24 hours, but it has been confirmed that they were involved in the coronavirus.
Tuesday’s report led to a total of 11,976 cases of coronavirus in Maine, of which 10,675 were confirmed as positive, while 1
The agency revised the cumulative total on Monday to 11,749, from 11,757, meaning a net increase of 219 from the previous day’s report, state data show. As the CDC in Maine continues to investigate cases reported earlier, some have found that they were not coronavirus or coronavirus cases that did not involve Mainers. They are removed from the cumulative amount of the state. The Bangor Daily News reports on the number of new cases reported to the CDC in Maine in the previous 24 hours, instead of an increase in daily cumulative cases.
New cases have been reported in Androscoggin (34), Aroostook (9), Cumberland (47), Franklin (8), Hancock (2), Kennebec (22), Knox (3), Oxford (10), Penobscot (44), Piscataquis (4), Sagadahoc (3), Somerset (10), Waldo (2), Washington (2) and York (27) counties show state data.
Only one county – Lincoln – did not report any new cases.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases was 168.9, down from 173 a day ago and 217 a week ago, but from 71.9 a month ago.
A man of 70, five of 80, a man of 90, a woman of 70 and a woman of 80 from Androskogin County; a 70-year-old man from Kennebeck County; a man in his 80s from Knox County; a 60-year-old man from Oxford County; a man of 80, a woman of 70 and a woman of 90 from Penobscot County; a 70-year-old man from Piskatakis County; a man about 70 years old from Washington County; and a man in his 80s and 90s in 90 from York County succumbed to the virus, according to Maine CDC spokesman Robert Long.
This leads to a total of 214 victims.
The deaths reported on Tuesday, including the first in Piskatakis County since the start of the pandemic, occurred between November 16th and November 30th. Long attributed the delay in reporting to Thanksgiving. Almost all deaths were in Mainers over the age of 60.
Health officials warned Mainers that there was a “violent and widespread” community broadcast across the country. In each county, there is high community transmission, which the Maine CDC defines as a frequency of 16 or more cases per 10,000 people.
There are two criteria for establishing a transmission from the community: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of them are not related to known cases or travel.
So far, 709 people have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, a disease caused by the new coronavirus. Information on those currently hospitalized was not immediately available.
Meanwhile, another 266 people have recovered from the coronavirus, resulting in a total recovery of 9,364. That means there are 2,398 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, down from 2,465 on Monday.
The majority of cases – 7,152 – are 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 Monday, there were 847,706 negative test results out of a total of 908,538. Nearly 1.7% of all tests returned positive, according to recent data from the Maine CDC.
Coronavirus is most severely affected in Cumberland County, where 3,869 cases have been reported and where the majority of virus deaths are concentrated – 71. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (1593), Aroostook (146), Franklin (223) , Hancock (250), Kennebec (818), Knox (208), Lincoln (156), Oxford (350), Penobscot (909), Piscataquis (46), Sagadahoc (156), Somerset (461), Waldo (231) , Washington (193) and York (2367) counties.
As of Tuesday morning, the coronavirus had infected 13,554,038 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, and caused 268,434 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.