54 new coronavirus cases reported in Maine; no new deaths for third consecutive day

The Maine CDC reported Friday that there were no new coronavirus-related deaths for the third day in a row, but new cases increased by more than 50.The number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died remains at 100.The Maine CDC announced 54 more cases, bringing the total to 2,721, while 43 more Mainers have recovered over the last 24 hours.Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew told lawmakers during a meeting Friday that the state has the 10th lowest incidence of positive cases per capita; 13th fewest overall deaths; and the 6th lowest number of cumulative hospitalizations.Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirusMAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA Deaths: 100 Total cases: 2,721 Confirmed Cases: 2,420 Probable Cases: 301 Total Positivity Rate: 4.56% Patients recovered: 2,105 Active cases: 516 Currently hospitalized: 32 Patients in ICU: 11 Patients on ventilators: 5Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste and/or smell.Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.EXPANDED TESTINGThe Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has eliminated the tiered criteria for testing after acquiring new equipment in a partnership with Idexx. The Maine CDC can now process 1,000 tests per day, more than tripling its capacity.Under the expanded testing, the Maine CDC lab will test any person who has one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Testing must be ordered by a health care provider.The Maine CDC lab will also test people with no symptoms who may be at risk of spreading the virus. That includes asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting; asymptomatic health care workers, including first responders, who have had contact with or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case; or asymptomatic persons tested as part of a sentinel COVID-19 disease surveillance program established by Maine CDC.COVID-19 RESOURCES Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said. 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered. NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Maine CDC reported Friday that there were no new coronavirus-related deaths for the third day in a row, but new cases increased by more than 50.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died remains at 100.

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The Maine CDC announced 54 more cases, bringing the total to 2,721, while 43 more Mainers have recovered over the last 24 hours.

Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew told lawmakers during a meeting Friday that the state has the 10th lowest incidence of positive cases per capita; 13th fewest overall deaths; and the 6th lowest number of cumulative hospitalizations.

Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA

  • Deaths: 100
  • Total cases: 2,721
  • Confirmed Cases: 2,420
  • Probable Cases: 301
  • Total Positivity Rate: 4.56%
  • Patients recovered: 2,105
  • Active cases: 516
  • Currently hospitalized: 32
  • Patients in ICU: 11
  • Patients on ventilators: 5

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste and/or smell.

Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

EXPANDED TESTING

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has eliminated the tiered criteria for testing after acquiring new equipment in a partnership with Idexx. The Maine CDC can now process 1,000 tests per day, more than tripling its capacity.

Under the expanded testing, the Maine CDC lab will test any person who has one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Testing must be ordered by a health care provider.

The Maine CDC lab will also test people with no symptoms who may be at risk of spreading the virus. That includes asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting; asymptomatic health care workers, including first responders, who have had contact with or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case; or asymptomatic persons tested as part of a sentinel COVID-19 disease surveillance program established by Maine CDC.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

  • Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said.
  • 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.
  • NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.