CDC reports 344 coronavirus cases in Maine, 2 more deaths announced

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 344.That’s an increase of 41 cases from Tuesday, although it is likely an under-representation of the actual amount of cases in Maine since not all individuals are being tested.The CDC also announced two women in their 80s from Cumberland County have died, bringing the total to 7 in Maine. Four deaths have been announced this week alone. A second person who stayed at the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland has tested positive, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said.63 people have been hospitalized, and 80 people have recovered since Maine’s first case was announced on March 12. Shah could not say how many people are currently hospitalized.Approximately 8,400 tests have come back negative so far, Shah said.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Shah said Wednesday’s jump of 41 cases is “concerning,” but was expected as far as continued transmission across Maine and New England. Shah said based on cellphone data, they are seeing less evidence of people leave their homes in Cumberland County. The Maine CDC lab has enough supplies to conduct approximately 4,000 tests, Shah said. He indicated the “rapid tests” being developed from a lab in Scarborough will help preserve personal protective equipment across Maine. Shah said there are now six Maine counties that have 10 or more positive cases, with Sagadahoc County logging its 10th case on Wednesday. This is used as a criteria to determine community transmission, Shah said, and the CDC is working to determine if community transmission has occurred in Sagadahoc as well as Penobscot, Androscoggin and Kennebec counties. Community transmission has already occurred in Cumberland and York counties, Shah said.Hancock County also logged its first positive case.Cumberland and York counties continue to have the most cases in the state. There are confirmed cases in 13 of Maine’s 16 counties.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 344.

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That’s an increase of 41 cases from Tuesday, although it is likely an under-representation of the actual amount of cases in Maine since not all individuals are being tested.

The CDC also announced two women in their 80s from Cumberland County have died, bringing the total to 7 in Maine. Four deaths have been announced this week alone.

A second person who stayed at the Oxford Street Shelter in Portland has tested positive, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said.

63 people have been hospitalized, and 80 people have recovered since Maine’s first case was announced on March 12. Shah could not say how many people are currently hospitalized.

Approximately 8,400 tests have come back negative so far, Shah said.

Shah said Wednesday’s jump of 41 cases is “concerning,” but was expected as far as continued transmission across Maine and New England. Shah said based on cellphone data, they are seeing less evidence of people leave their homes in Cumberland County.

The Maine CDC lab has enough supplies to conduct approximately 4,000 tests, Shah said. He indicated the “rapid tests” being developed from a lab in Scarborough will help preserve personal protective equipment across Maine.

Shah said there are now six Maine counties that have 10 or more positive cases, with Sagadahoc County logging its 10th case on Wednesday. This is used as a criteria to determine community transmission, Shah said, and the CDC is working to determine if community transmission has occurred in Sagadahoc as well as Penobscot, Androscoggin and Kennebec counties. Community transmission has already occurred in Cumberland and York counties, Shah said.

Hancock County also logged its first positive case.

Cumberland and York counties continue to have the most cases in the state. There are confirmed cases in 13 of Maine’s 16 counties.