Maine CDC announces one new coronavirus death as total cases top 2,800

The Maine CDC announced Monday one new coronavirus-related death and 17 new cases.A total of 101 Mainers with COVID-19 have died. The new death was a woman in her 40s from Androscoggin County.The 17 new cases reported Monday brings the total to 2,810.The Maine CDC an additional 16 Mainers have recovered from the virus.Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah his agency has closed two outbreaks associated with the virus. The outbreaks were at the Durgin Pines facility in Kittery where there were nine cases and the Cianbro construction site in Augusta where there were 29 cases.Shah said the workers at construction site likely got the virus through shared housing and socializing with each other.Shah said the 7-day testing positivity rate has fallen to 2.99%. He said the cumulative positivity rate was 4.57%. Beginning this week, briefings will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirusMAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA Deaths: 101 Total cases: 2,810 Confirmed Cases: 2,495 Probable Cases: 315 Cumulative Positivity Rate: 4.57% Patients recovered: 2,189 Active cases: 520 Currently hospitalized: 31 Patients in ICU: 11 Patients on ventilators: 4Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDCWHAT 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 announced Monday one new coronavirus-related death and 17 new cases.

A total of 101 Mainers with COVID-19 have died. The new death was a woman in her 40s from Androscoggin County.

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The 17 new cases reported Monday brings the total to 2,810.

The Maine CDC an additional 16 Mainers have recovered from the virus.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah his agency has closed two outbreaks associated with the virus. The outbreaks were at the Durgin Pines facility in Kittery where there were nine cases and the Cianbro construction site in Augusta where there were 29 cases.

Shah said the workers at construction site likely got the virus through shared housing and socializing with each other.

Shah said the 7-day testing positivity rate has fallen to 2.99%. He said the cumulative positivity rate was 4.57%.

Beginning this week, briefings will be held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

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

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA

  • Deaths: 101
  • Total cases: 2,810
  • Confirmed Cases: 2,495
  • Probable Cases: 315
  • Cumulative Positivity Rate: 4.57%
  • Patients recovered: 2,189
  • Active cases: 520
  • Currently hospitalized: 31
  • Patients in ICU: 11
  • Patients on ventilators: 4

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.