Coronavirus: More Mainers Test Positive For COVID-19 [UPDATE]
More Mainers have tested positive for COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, April 8, there were 537 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Maine, according to official state statistics. That represents 19 new cases from the previous day. There have been 101 Mainers hospitalized at some point in the course of their illness.
There have been 14 deaths, mostly among the elderly. The most recent deaths are those of a woman in her 80s from Waldo County and a man in his 80s from Cumberland County. The youngest victim thus far in Maine is a man in his 50s from Cumberland County.
The most recent numbers show 187 Mainers have recovered from the virus and have been released from isolation.
You may watch the most recent Maine CDC news conference below:
Thus far, the cases are centered mostly in southern Maine, with the majority in Cumberland and York counties. The virus has been recorded in 15 Maine counties. Piscataquis County remains the only county without a recorded case.
There are 31 cases in Penobscot County, with zero new cases reported on Wednesday. Seventeen of those people have recovered and five 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, April 3, 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.