Hancock County Records First Official Case of COVID-19
Hancock County recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to state officials.
Hancock County becomes the thirteenth Maine county to record a case, with only Aroostook, Piscataquis and Washington counties reporting zero current cases.
The case was recorded at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital, according to the Ellsworth American.
Later on Wednesday, MDI Hospital announced its second confirmed positive case to date is a resident of Hancock County who was tested at the hospital’s central outpatient access point outside of the Cooper Gilmore Health Center. The patient is now isolated at home in accordance with CDC guidelines, the hospital states.
As of Wednesday, April 1, there were 344 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maine, according to state officials. Sixty-three people have been hospitalized. There have been seven deaths.
Last month, state health officials originally reported a case in Hancock County, but it was later determined the person was tested in Hancock County but lived in Penobscot County.
Gov. Janet Mills has issued a "stay at home" order requiring Mainers remain at home through April 30 unless they need to leave for an essential job or essential activity.
"Physical distancing is the best vaccine we have when it comes to COVID-19 in absence of a chemical vaccine," Dr. Nirav Shah said at a Wednesday news conference.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
For information on cases in Maine, visit the Maine CDC website.