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Tomorrow marked yet another record with 753 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday and eight more deaths.
Wednesday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 20,491. Of these, 17,695 were confirmed positive, while 2,796 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised the cumulative total from Tuesday to 19,738, down from 19,743, which means that there was an increase of 748 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.
A resident of Androscoggin County, two residents of Cumberland County, a resident of Oxford County and four residents of York County succumbed to the virus, bringing the total statewide death toll to 311. Nearly all deaths occurred in Mainers over 60 years .
New cases have been reported in Androscoggin (60), Aroostook (27), Cumberland (183), Franklin (20), Hancock (8), Kennebec (39), Knox (12), Lincoln (9), Oxford (75). , Penobscot (90), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (14), Somerset (17), Waldo (6), Washington (18) and York (166) counties, state data show. Information on where eight more cases were reported was not immediately available.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 460.7, up from 431 a day ago, up from 434.1 a week ago, and up from 187 a month ago.
Wednesday set another record for a one-day increase in coronavirus cases, destroying the previous high – 613 – set just a week ago. It is the second time that new cases have increased over 600 and the seventh time in the last 10 days when they have increased over 400.
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 CDC in Maine 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, 1,000 employees have been hospitalized at one time with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. Information about those currently hospitalized was not immediately available.
Meanwhile, more than 155 hands recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the reported recoveries to 11,039. This means that there are at least 9,141 confirmed and “probable” active cases in the state, which is up from 8,556 on Tuesday.
CDC data in Maine underestimates the true number of recoveries, as investigators have struggled to keep up with the increase in virus transmission, making it difficult to follow up on previous cases to confirm recoveries. Instead, the CDC in Maine is just releasing data on those recoveries reported directly to it. Undeclared recoveries also affect the estimated number of probable active cases across the state.
The majority of cases – 12,018 – were reported in people under the age of 50, while more cases were reported in women than in men, according to the CDC in Maine.
As of Tuesday, there were 1,100,636 negative test results out of 1,126,503 overall. About 2.2 percent of all tests came back positive, according to the latest data available from the Maine CDC.
Coronavirus was the most severely affected in Cumberland County, where 6,110 cases were reported and most of the deaths from the virus – 90 – were concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (2,333), Aroostook (459), Franklin (431), Hancock (484), Kennebec (1,524), Knox (319), Lincoln (255), Oxford (1,007), Penobscot (1,748). , Piscataquis (101), Sagadahoc (323), Somerset (669), Waldo (353), Washington (324) and York (4,042) counties. Information on where nine other cases were reported was not immediately available.
As of Wednesday morning, the coronavirus has killed 18,237,191 people in all 50 states, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands, and caused 322,849 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University Medicine. .