Maine coronavirus cases increase to 275, CDC says

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 275.That’s an increase of 22 cases from Sunday and an increase of 107 cases since Friday.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.Shah said 43 health care workers are among the 275 people who have tested positive for the virus.Shah also addressed the two coronavirus-related deaths reported on Sunday. No new deaths were reported Monday.A total of three people in Maine have died of the virus.The individuals who died on Sunday a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s, both from Cumberland County.The first case reported on Friday was a man in his 80s in Cumberland County.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Shah said the Maine CDC is investigating possible community transmission in Penobscot county where 12 cases have been reported.Cumberland and York counties continue to have the most cases in the state. There are confirmed cases in 12 of Maine’s 16 counties.More than 6,000 Mainers have tested negative for the virus. Shah said 41 people have recovered from the virus.Shah said the state is expecting a third shipment of personal protective equipment on Monday. Shah said it could be the last shipment from the federal government for a while.He said the Maine CDC is looking into additional avenues to acquire more PPE.Shah said Monday’s shipment will include 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 the backlog of tests for people at highest risk has been cleared. He said the state continues to work with a commercial lab to increase testing. Shah said the Maine CDC has enough supplies on hand for 2,000 more tests.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 275.

That’s an increase of 22 cases from Sunday and an increase of 107 cases since Friday.

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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.

Shah said 43 health care workers are among the 275 people who have tested positive for the virus.

Shah also addressed the two coronavirus-related deaths reported on Sunday. No new deaths were reported Monday.

A total of three people in Maine have died of the virus.

The individuals who died on Sunday a woman in her 80s and a man in his 60s, both from Cumberland County.

The first case reported on Friday was a man in his 80s in Cumberland County.

Shah said the Maine CDC is investigating possible community transmission in Penobscot county where 12 cases have been reported.

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

More than 6,000 Mainers have tested negative for the virus. Shah said 41 people have recovered from the virus.

Shah said the state is expecting a third shipment of personal protective equipment on Monday. Shah said it could be the last shipment from the federal government for a while.

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

Shah said Monday’s shipment will include 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 the backlog of tests for people at highest risk has been cleared. He said the state continues to work with a commercial lab to increase testing.

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