Coronavirus: More Mainers Test Positive For COVID-19 [UPDATE]
More Mainers have tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Sunday, April 5, there were 470 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maine, according to state officials. That represents 14 new cases from the previous day. Eighty-six people have been hospitalized.
There have been ten deaths, mostly among the elderly. A gentleman in his 70's from York County is the latest to die of COVID-19. Most of the deaths have been elderly people in southern Maine.
You may watch the most recent Maine CDC news conference below:
The most recent numbers show 156 Mainers have recovered from the virus and have been released from isolation. At least 8,400 people have tested negative.
Thus far, the cases are centered mostly in southern Maine, with the majority in Cumberland County. The virus has been recorded in 15 Maine counties. Aroostook County and Washington County recorded their first cases on Friday. Piscataquis County remains the only county without a recorded case.
There are 22 cases in Penobscot County. Thirteen of those people have recovered and four are being hospitalized.
Seventy-five people with the virus are healthcare workers.
Health officials have identified "community transmission" of the disease present in both Cumberland and York counties.
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.
On Friday, 4/3/20, Governor Mills issued an order mandating travelers to self-quarantine for two weeks, after entering the state. She also called for the closure of all types of lodging, except in certain situations.
Dr. Nirav Shah, the head of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged Mainers, no matter where they live, to practice "social distancing" to help stop the spread of the virus.
"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 recent news conference.
The coronavirus pandemic has caused local schools throughout the state and the nation to send students home as well as the cancellation or postponement of many public events, including concerts and sporting events.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
For information on cases in Maine, visit the Maine CDC website.