18 New COVID-19 Cases in Maine and 2 More Deaths
Maine's number of reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now at 537, an increase of Tuesday as 18 more cases were reported.
That's 9 cases less than reported on Monday. 187 people have recovered, and there have been 2 more deaths bring that total to 14. 101 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point.
Cumberland County has the most positive cases of COVID-19 and community transmission is occurring there long with York county.
All counties except Piscataquis county have recorded at least one case of COVID-19. Investigations are ongoing in other counties to determine if community transmission is occurring there.
Here's a map of the breakdown of number of cases by county from the Maine CDC.
Governor Janet Mills has ordered all Mainers to stay home unless you work for an essential business or need to do an essential activity. The executive order remains in effect until April 30. Find out what that means for you by clicking or tapping here.
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.
Shah says that right now, our only vaccine against the COVID-19 is physical distancing. It is the key to flattening out the curve of the spread of the coronavirus, a point Dr Shah stressed is vitally important for Mainers to practice. A low curve means that the virus is spreading slowly which gives doctors more time and resources to treat more people. The higher the curve, the most people get sick at once and medical facilities get overwhelmed. Shah says that right now, our only vaccine against the COVID-19 is physical distancing.
The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.