Maine Sees Largest Spike in COVID-19 Cases Since May 30
The latest numbers released Wednesday by the Maine CDC show that the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 5,391 an increase of 54 since Tuesday. Maine has not seen a daily increase of cases that large since 56 new cases were reported exactly four months ago on May 30. 4,824 of those cases are confirmed while 567 are deemed probable.
There were no new deaths reported of an individual with COVID-19, keeping the total at 141. 449 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 8 are currently hospitalized with 5 in critical care and one patient on a ventilator.
4,678 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, an increase of 49 since Tuesday. The total number of diagnosed active cases of COVID-19 is 572, an increase of 5. The cumulative number of COVID-19 negative tests is 430,399 with a 14-day positivity rate of 0.5%.
Currently, 18 cases of COVID-19 are associated with Sanford High School. A testing site has been set up for those with connections to Sanford High School and so far 900 samples have been collected and sent to the Maine CDC for testing which showed three of those tests were positive.
A recently opened investigation at the Massabesic Middle School which has a total of four cases. Testing is being arranged for any student, staff or faculty member of the middle school who is determined to be a close contact.
The ND Paper Mill in Rumford now has 23 cases associated with COVID-19. The most recent round of testing has shown no additional positives were reported, but not all of the results have been validated.
Governor Mills has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through October 1, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.
An executive order remains in place requiring large retail stores, lodging, restaurants, outdoor bars and tasting rooms in coastal counties and Maine's largest cities to enforce the state's face covering requirement.
The counties where businesses are be required to enforce the face covering requirement are Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland and York as well as the more populated inland cities Bangor/Brewer and Lewiston/Auburn.
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.