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Maine saw the biggest one-day increase in new corona virus cases on Wednesday when health officials reported 78 other cases.
There have now been 1,819 cases in all of the Maine region since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It rises from 1,741 on Tuesday.
Of those, 1,632 have been confirmed positive, while 187 are likely positive, according to Maine CDC.
No new deaths were reported Wednesday, bringing the total death toll across the state to 73.
So far, 231 Mainers have been hospitalized at several points with COVID-19, a disease caused by corona virus. Of those, 43 are currently hospitalized, with 24 in critical care and 12 on ventilators, according to Maine CDC.
Meanwhile, 1,110 people have fully recovered from the virus, which means there are 636 active and probable cases in the state, according to Maine CDC. That’s up from 580 on Tuesday.
Most cases occur in Mainer over the age of 50, while more cases are reported in women than men, according to Maine CDC.
In addition, there were 33,035 negative tests for the corona virus in the state last Wednesday. Some people have been tested more than once.
Wednesday’s report surpassed the previous record for new cases set on May 7 when 76 reported. The surge has exceeded the record 65 cases were set on April 13. It emerged when the Maine CDC increased its testing capacity threefold in state laboratories to handle specimen entry from anyone suspected of having coronavirus. But a spokesperson from the health care system across the state to BDN they will – for now – continue to adhere to more stringent testing protocols, which prioritize those who have symptoms that are in high-risk groups. However, that could change because the health care system determines the extent to which their testing inventory will develop.
The corona virus has been hit most severely in Cumberland County, where 891 cases have been confirmed and where most of the virus deaths – 38 – have been concentrated. This is one of four countries – the others are Androscoggin, Penobscot and York, with 185, 95 and 316 cases respectively – where “community transmission” has been confirmed, according to the Maine CDC.
There are two criteria for building community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of them are not connected to known cases or trips. The second condition is not yet “satisfied” in other countries.
Other cases have been detected in Aroostook (8), Franklin (34), Hancock (11), Kennebec (121), Knox (20), Lincoln (17), Oxford (18), Piscataquis (1), Sagadahoc (28) ), Somerset (20) Waldo (50) and Washington (2). Information about where the other two cases were detected was not immediately available Wednesday.
As of Wednesday morning, coronavirus had made 1,532,212 people sick in 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and US Virgin Islands, and caused 92,128 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins Medical University. .
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