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Five other Mainers died as health officials reported 441 new cases of coronavirus across the state on Friday.
Friday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 18,337. Of these, 15,942 were confirmed positive, while 2,395 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised the cumulative total on Thursday to 17,896, down from 17,901, which means there was an increase of 436 from the previous day’s report. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined not to have been coronavirus or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. These are eliminated from the cumulative total of the state. The Bangor Daily News reports the number of new cases reported to the Maine CDC in the past 24 hours, rather than the increase in cumulative daily cases.
Four residents of Kennebec County and one York County resident succumbed to the virus, bringing the total death toll to 281 in the state.
New cases have been reported in Androscoggin (29), Aroostook (24), Cumberland (113), Franklin (7), Hancock (13), Kennebec (30), Knox (8), Lincoln (12), Oxford (45). , Penobscot (38), Piscataquis (3), Sagadahoc (15), Somerset (12), Waldo (4), Washington (12) and York (63) counties, state data show. Information on cases in which 13 more cases were reported was not immediately available.
The seven-day average for new cases of coronavirus is 449.7, up from 435.6 a day ago, up from 354.1 a week ago and 180.6 a month ago .
Friday’s report comes after days of record-breaking virus transmission. Despite falling from 613 new, dizzying cases, it marks the eighth time in 10 days that new cases have appeared after 400. Tomorrow has not seen a day with less than 200 new cases since November.
Health officials have warned Mainers that “strong and widespread” community transmission is seen across the state. Each county sees a high community transmission, which the Maine CDC defines as a case rate of 16 or more cases per 10,000 people.
There are two criteria for determining Community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25% of them are not linked to known cases or travel.
To date, 965 employees have been hospitalized at one time with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Of these, 177 people are currently hospitalized, 46 in critical care and 15 in ventilators.
Meanwhile, another 56 people recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 10,744. This means that there are 7,312 confirmed and “probable” active cases in the state, which is up from 6,937 on Thursday.
The majority of cases – 10,795 – were in people under 50, while more cases were reported in women than in men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Friday, there were 1,068,605 negative test results out of 1,093,010 overall. About 2.2 percent of all tests came back positive, according to data from the Maine CDC.
Coronavirus was the most severely affected in Cumberland County, where 5,545 cases were reported and most of the deaths from the virus – 82 – were concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (2,104), Aroostook (382), Franklin (372), Hancock (469), Kennebec (1,359), Knox (291), Lincoln (226), Oxford (813), Penobscot (1,483). , Piscataquis (86), Sagadahoc (272), Somerset (610), Waldo (324), Washington (276) and York (3,711) counties. Information on cases where another 14 cases were reported was not immediately available.
Since Friday morning, the coronavirus has killed 17,243,580 people in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, and killed 311,280, according to Johns Hopkins University in Drug.