Another 36 coronavirus cases have been reported in Maine, health officials said Sunday.
Sunday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 5,519. Of these, 4,944 were confirmed positive, while 575 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency revised Saturday’s cumulative total to 5,483, down from 5,486, meaning there was an increase of 33 from the previous day’s report, state data show. While the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined not to have been the coronavirus or coronavirus cases that did not involve Mainers. These are removed from the cumulative state total.
New cases have been reported in Androscoggin (7), Aroostook (1
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases has risen to 35.7, from 28.7 a week ago and from 28.6 a month ago.
No new deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the statewide death toll at 142. Almost all of the deaths were in Mainers over the age of 60.
So far, 454 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Information on the people currently hospitalized was not immediately available on Sunday.
Meanwhile, another 19 people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 4,782. That means there are 595 confirmed and “probable” cases active in the state, up from 581 on Saturday.
According to the Maine CDC, most cases – 3,194 – have been in Mainers under the age of 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men.
As of Friday, there were 451,461 negative test results out of a total of 459,167. About 1.4 percent of all tests were positive, the most recently available Maine CDC data shows.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 2,350 cases have been reported and where most of the deaths from the virus – 70 – have been concentrated. It is one of four counties – the others being Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 767, 263 and 1,238 cases respectively – in which “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.
There are two criteria for establishing community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25% of these are unrelated to known cases or travel. This second condition has not yet been “met” in other counties.
Other cases have been reported in Aroostook (48), Franklin (63), Hancock (55), Kennebec (225), Knox (44), Lincoln (60), Oxford (152), Piscataquis (9), Sagadahoc (72) , Somerset (86), Waldo (78) and Washington (19).
As of Sunday afternoon, the coronavirus had sickened 7,404,606 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as causing 209,668 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicines. .