76 New COVID-19 Cases and 800 Active Cases in Maine
According to the the Maine CDC's Wednesday update, the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 6,387, an increase of 76 since Tuesday. 5,670 of those cases are confirmed while 717 are deemed probable.
Over the past four days, the Maine CDC has reported 250 new cases of COVID-19 with Maine's positivity rate increasing from 0.45% two weeks ago, to 0.66% percent today.
There were no new deaths reported of an individual with COVID-19 for the eleventh day in a row, keeping the total at 146. 484 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 16 are currently hospitalized with 7 in intensive care and none on a ventilator.
5,441 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, an increase of 43 since Tuesday. The total number of diagnosed active cases of COVID-19 is 800, the highest number of active cases in Maine since the pandemic began.
An outbreak of COVID-19 linked to a Maine church that held a fellowship rally in early October has seen cases grow quickly. According to News Center Maine, the number of cases linked to Brooks Pentecostal Church in Brooks, Maine is now at 60 with one of those 60 currently in the hospital.
About 100 to 150 people from several different churches in the Waldo County area attended the fellowship rally from October 2 to October 4 where masks were available, but not widely used. The Brooks Church itself held services some time after the rally with approximately 70 to 100 gathering indoors where masks were once again available but not widely used. Services are now temporarily suspended at the church.
Governor Mills has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through October 29, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.
An executive order remains in place requiring large retail stores, lodging, restaurants, outdoor bars and tasting rooms to enforce the state's face covering requirement.
If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, the Maine CDC says you should call your doctor before going in so that they can prepare for your arrival. The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.