The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maine increased by 31 and 2 more people have died from the virus.

Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah announced at Friday's briefing that the number of reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now at 827, an increase of 31 more cases since Thursday. Statewide, 352 people have recovered, and 2 new deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 29.

133 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 27 are currently hospitalized and 28 of those are in critical care and 8 patients are on ventilators.

Cumberland County has the most positive cases of COVID-19 and community transmission is occurring there along with York county. All counties except Piscataquis county have recorded at least one case of COVID-19.  Community transmission is now confirmed in Androscoggin county.

Here's a breakdown of the numbers by county from the Maine CDC.

Maine CDC
Maine CDC

At Thursday's Maine CDC briefing, Governor Janet Mills announced that she has signed an executive order that will protect housing tenants from eviction and establish a rent relief program.

The order creates stronger penalties for landlords who try to evict tenants unlawfully and also extends the time frame for the eviction process. A $5 million COVID-19 rent relief program will be established to give renters who meet income requirements a one-time rental assistance payment of up to $500 which will be paid directly to their landlord.

Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah talked about not only flattening the curve, but raising the line. That line is Maine's health care capacity and it's raised buy "staff and stuff." Stuff is things like ventilators and other equipment and supplies needed to treat patients with COIVD-19.

As for staff, Dr. Shah announced that 2600 medical and health care workers have registered on the Maine Responds emergency health volunteer system. These people have offered to volunteer their services if they are needed to deal with an overwhelmed staffing issue in Maine's health care system. He noted that that number of 2600 health care workers is double the number registered in January, a testament to how Mainers are stepping up to lend and hand when needed.

On Tuesday, Mills extended the civil state of emergency for Maine to May 15 allowing the state to continue to receive federal aid and for her to take executive action such as extending the stay at home order if it is deemed necessary.

Maine's to stay home remains in effect until April 30, but is subject to review and extension if necessary. 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.

The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.

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