Two more people have died as health officials reported 236 new cases of coronavirus across the country on Sunday.
Sunday’s report led to a total of 10,359 cases of coronavirus in Maine, of which 9,294 were confirmed as positive, while 1,065 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Health officials warned Mainers that there was a “violent and widespread” community broadcast across the country. Five counties are watching high community coverage: Franklin, Knox, Somerset, Waldo and Washington counties.
New cases have been reported in Androscoggin (44), Aroostook 1
One county – Washington – did not report any new cases on Sunday.
The seven-day mean for new coronavirus cases was 204.6, up from 192.3 the day before, up from 178 a week ago and 34.1 a month ago.
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.
Although rates remain lower than most in the United States, Maine continues to see a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases.
Outbreaks also continue to occur in the state, including a new outbreak at Bath Iron Works, which has had other cases in the past.
The total death toll in the state is now 176. The deaths include a 60-year-old man from Androskogin County and a 80-year-old man from Franklin County. Almost all deaths were in Mainers over the age of 60.
So far, 642 people have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, a disease caused by the coronavirus. Eighty-six are currently hospitalized, 41 in critical care and 11 in a ventilator.
Meanwhile, another 78 people have recovered from the coronavirus, resulting in a total of 7,791. That means there are 2,392 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, up from 2,068 on Saturday.
Most of the cases – 59.7% – were in Mainers under the age of 50, while more cases were reported in women than in men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Friday, there were 795,936 negative test results of 808,227. About 1.46% of all tests returned positive, according to recent data from the Maine CDC.
Coronavirus is most severely affected in Cumberland County, where 3,556 cases have been reported and where the majority of virus deaths are concentrated – 71. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (1370), Aroostook (95), Franklin (194). , Hancock (213), Kennebec (668), Knox (188), Lincoln (134), Oxford (285), Penobscot (649), Piscataquis (35), Sagadahoc (134), Somerset (402), Waldo (210) ), Washington (178) and York (2,040). Information on where eight additional cases were reported was not immediately available.
As of Sunday morning, the coronavirus had infected 12,091,317 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, and caused 255,909 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Medical University.