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Another 87 cases of coronavirus have been reported in Maine, health officials said Wednesday. This is the highest daily increase in new coronavirus cases Maine has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
Wednesday’s report reported a total of 6,387 cases of coronavirus in Maine, of which 5,670 were confirmed as positive, while 717 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised the cumulative amount on Tuesday to 6300, compared to 631
New cases have been reported in Androscoggin (5), Aroostook (3), Cumberland (18), Franklin (3), Hancock (2), Kennebec (6), Knox (10), Lincoln (2), Oxford (1), Data show that Penobscot (2), Somerset (6), Waldo (2), Washington (10) and York (16). Information on where an additional case was reported was not immediately available on Wednesday.
Only two counties – Piscataquis and Sagadahoc – did not report any new cases.
The seven-day mean for new coronavirus cases was 54.1, up from 35 a week ago and 27.4 a month ago.
Wednesday was the fourth day in a row with a new daily report on cases over 50. This is a level of prevalence not seen in the Pine Tree state since late May, when daily new reports reach the 1970s, with seven-day averages at 52 , 6, according to the Maine CDC.
It also marked the highest one-day jump in cases of new coronaviruses registered in Maine since the outbreak began here in mid-March. Previously, the highest daily increase in new cases was recorded on May 19, when 78 were reported, according to CDC data in Maine.
This latest surge in coronavirus cases comes amid an outbreak in Waldo County linked to Brooks Pentecostal Church and its Lighthouse Christian Academy, which infected at least 60 people, nearly half of whom did not attend an early meeting in October. indoors, cited as the source of the explosion. This is also happening against the backdrop of a growing number of cases in Washington County, where cases have more than doubled in the past week and health officials have not yet identified a clear source of transmission.
While the cases are growing in Maine and nationally, Adm. Brett Giroar, Assistant Secretary of Health and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said the nation was at “another critical juncture” in response to the pandemic and called on Americans to take precautions against transmitting the virus, according to the Associated press.
No new deaths were reported on Wednesday, with the death toll across the country at 146. No deaths from coronavirus have been reported in Maine since October 17. Almost all deaths are in Mainers over the age of 60.
So far, 484 people have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus. Currently, 16 people are hospitalized and seven are in critical care.
Meanwhile, another 42 people have recovered from the coronavirus, with a total recovery of 5,441. That means there are 800 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, up from 766 on Tuesday. This is the largest number of active cases Maine has seen since the beginning of the pandemic.
The majority of cases – 3751 – 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 Wednesday, there were 605,348 negative test results out of a total of 613,093. About 1.2% of all tests returned positive, according to the Maine CDC.
Coronavirus is most severely affected in Cumberland County, where 2,523 cases have been reported and where the majority of virus deaths are concentrated – 70. This is one of the four counties – the others are Androskogin, Penobscot and York, with 855 respectively. 302 and 1,404 cases – where community transmission has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.
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 neither known cases nor travel. This second condition has not yet been “met” in other counties.
Other cases have been reported in Aroostook (67), Franklin (77), Hancock (71), Kennebec (332), Knox (78), Lincoln (61), Oxford (164), Piscataquis (10), Sagadahoc (82), Somerset (153), Waldo (150) and Washington (57) counties.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus had infected 8,790,206 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, and caused 226,864 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Medical University.