Maine veteran dies from coronavirus as cases rise to 376

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 376.That’s an increase of 32 cases from Wednesday, although it is likely an under-representation of the actual amount of cases in Maine since not all individuals are being tested.One death was announced late Thursday. The patient, who was in their 70s, was a veteran staying at the VA Maine Healthcare System’s Togus campus. It was the 8th coronavirus-related death and the first veteran to die from coronavirus in Maine.Maine CDC Director Dr. Nariv Shah announced Thursday that 68 health care workers in Maine have tested positive so far.68 people have been hospitalized, and 94 people have recovered since Maine’s first case was announced on March 12. Shah could not say how many people are currently hospitalized on Thursday.Approximately 8,400 tests have come back negative so far, Shah said. 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Shah announced Thursday the CDC is preparing for a possible surge in cases, and could start opening up outside triage sites very soon. The CDC is also working with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine the best places to set up a field hospital should it be needed.The Maine CDC placed an order for 300,000 KN95 masks from a Maine vendor on Thursday, according to Shah. The CDC will distribute a very large amount of personal protective equipment on Friday, he said.Shah said as of Thursday, there is no evidence of community transmission in Maine counties other than Cumberland and York counties, although CDC investigators continue to examine the data from counties that have 10 or more positive cases, including Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot and Sagadahoc .Shah reiterated that “there is no pill, there is no shot, there is no vaccine” for the virus, and that the best vaccine we have right now is physical distancing. He also warned that in the absence of “quick answers,” misinformation usually fills its place, and he’s asking Mainers to seek out reliable sources of information, such as the CDC’s website.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 376.

That’s an increase of 32 cases from Wednesday, although it is likely an under-representation of the actual amount of cases in Maine since not all individuals are being tested.

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One death was announced late Thursday. The patient, who was in their 70s, was a veteran staying at the VA Maine Healthcare System’s Togus campus. It was the 8th coronavirus-related death and the first veteran to die from coronavirus in Maine.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nariv Shah announced Thursday that 68 health care workers in Maine have tested positive so far.

68 people have been hospitalized, and 94 people have recovered since Maine’s first case was announced on March 12. Shah could not say how many people are currently hospitalized on Thursday.

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

Shah announced Thursday the CDC is preparing for a possible surge in cases, and could start opening up outside triage sites very soon. The CDC is also working with the Army Corps of Engineers to determine the best places to set up a field hospital should it be needed.

The Maine CDC placed an order for 300,000 KN95 masks from a Maine vendor on Thursday, according to Shah. The CDC will distribute a very large amount of personal protective equipment on Friday, he said.

Shah said as of Thursday, there is no evidence of community transmission in Maine counties other than Cumberland and York counties, although CDC investigators continue to examine the data from counties that have 10 or more positive cases, including Androscoggin, Kennebec, Penobscot and Sagadahoc .

Shah reiterated that “there is no pill, there is no shot, there is no vaccine” for the virus, and that the best vaccine we have right now is physical distancing. He also warned that in the absence of “quick answers,” misinformation usually fills its place, and he’s asking Mainers to seek out reliable sources of information, such as the CDC’s website.