According to the Maine CDC's Wednesday update, the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 20,491, an increase of 748 since Tuesday and an all-time high for number of new cases in a single day. 17,695 of those cases are confirmed while 2,796 are deemed probable. Over the past seven days, the Maine CDC has reported 3,180 new cases of COVID-19. There were 8 new deaths reported of individuals with COVID-19, bringing the total to 311. 1,000 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 187 are currently hospitalized with 46 in intensive care and 19 on a ventilator. 11,039 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, an increase of 155 since Tuesday. The total number of other cases of COVID-19, which is the number of cases remaining after deaths and recoveries are subtracted, is 9,141, an increase of 585.

Governor Janet Mills announced a new executive order December 11 requiring Mainers to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces and prohibits owners from letting anyone in who is not wearing a face covering. The order also states that claiming a medical exemption is not an excuse to enter without a face covering.

Governor Mills has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through January 20, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.

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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