2 more coronavirus-related deaths reported in Maine as cases top 300

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 303.That’s an increase of 28 cases from Monday.The CDC also announced two more people have died, bringing the total to 5 in Maine. One of them was a woman in her 80s at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta. The other was a woman in her 80s in York County who was also hospitalized.Another confirmed case was from a person who had recently stayed at the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland.Two new cases involved pediatric patients, but neither are school-aged, according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah.The Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced an employee who works at the Ray Building in Augusta has tested positive. That building was closed on Tuesday for a deep-cleaning, the DEP Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said the increase in cases is concerning but consistent with what other states have seen.Shah said it is likely due to an increase in testing in Maine and community spread of the virus.57 people have been hospitalized so far.Shah said 43 health care workers are among the 303 people who have tested positive for the virus. 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Shah said there are now five Maine counties that have 10 or more positive cases, which is used as a criteria to determine community transmission. Those counties are Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Penobscot and York.Cumberland and York counties continue to have the most cases in the state. There are confirmed cases in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties.So far, seven people in Maine’s corrections system have been tested, Shah said. Four tests have come back negative, while three are pending. Shah did not say if those people are prisoners or staff members.More than 6,000 Mainers have tested negative for the virus. Shah said 68 people have recovered from the virus.Shah said the state received a third shipment of personal protective equipment on Monday. Those items will be distributed to “those on the front lines,” like hospitals, Shah said. Monday’s shipment could be the last shipment from the federal government for a while, he said.He said the Maine CDC is looking into additional avenues to acquire more PPE.Shah said Monday’s shipment included 60,000 N95 masks, 143,000 surgical masks, 31,000 face shields, 25,000 gowns, 1,500 coveralls and 184,000 gloves.Shah said the amount of PPE that Maine has received from the national stockpile is “inadequate” compared to other states.Shah said while the backlog of tests for people at highest risk has been cleared, the CDC continues to be concerned about the availability of the chemical needed to perform these tests. He said the state continues to work with a commercial lab to increase testing, especially for those considered “low risk.”Shah said the Maine CDC has enough supplies on hand for 2,000 more tests.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 303.

That’s an increase of 28 cases from Monday.

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The CDC also announced two more people have died, bringing the total to 5 in Maine. One of them was a woman in her 80s at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta. The other was a woman in her 80s in York County who was also hospitalized.

Another confirmed case was from a person who had recently stayed at the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland.

Two new cases involved pediatric patients, but neither are school-aged, according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah.

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection announced an employee who works at the Ray Building in Augusta has tested positive. That building was closed on Tuesday for a deep-cleaning, the DEP

Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah said the increase in cases is concerning but consistent with what other states have seen.

Shah said it is likely due to an increase in testing in Maine and community spread of the virus.

57 people have been hospitalized so far.

Shah said 43 health care workers are among the 303 people who have tested positive for the virus.

Shah said there are now five Maine counties that have 10 or more positive cases, which is used as a criteria to determine community transmission. Those counties are Androscoggin, Cumberland, Kennebec, Penobscot and York.

Cumberland and York counties continue to have the most cases in the state. There are confirmed cases in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties.

So far, seven people in Maine’s corrections system have been tested, Shah said. Four tests have come back negative, while three are pending. Shah did not say if those people are prisoners or staff members.

More than 6,000 Mainers have tested negative for the virus. Shah said 68 people have recovered from the virus.

Shah said the state received a third shipment of personal protective equipment on Monday. Those items will be distributed to “those on the front lines,” like hospitals, Shah said. Monday’s shipment could be the last shipment from the federal government for a while, he said.

He said the Maine CDC is looking into additional avenues to acquire more PPE.

Shah said Monday’s shipment included 60,000 N95 masks, 143,000 surgical masks, 31,000 face shields, 25,000 gowns, 1,500 coveralls and 184,000 gloves.

Shah said the amount of PPE that Maine has received from the national stockpile is “inadequate” compared to other states.

Shah said while the backlog of tests for people at highest risk has been cleared, the CDC continues to be concerned about the availability of the chemical needed to perform these tests. He said the state continues to work with a commercial lab to increase testing, especially for those considered “low risk.”

Shah said the Maine CDC has enough supplies on hand for 2,000 more tests.