ME COVID-19 Update: 203 New Cases & Piscataquis County a Concern
According to the Maine CDC's Tuesday update, the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 47,591 an increase of 203 since Tuesday. 36,874 of those cases are confirmed while 10,717 are deemed probable.
There were no new deaths reported for individuals with COVID-19 maintaining the total number of deaths at 725. 1,612 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 84 are currently hospitalized with 25 in intensive care and 8 on a ventilator.
As of data from yesterday, March 16th, 524,214 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to Mainers, with 330,123 having had one dose and 194,091 having had both doses. 24.56% of the population have received the first dose and 14.44% have received both.
WABI reports that COVID trends in Piscataquis County are concerning the Maine Center for Disease Control as their overall case count has nearly doubled in the last month. Community transmission seems to be to blame. Particularly from restaurants and apartment complexes.
8 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Maine State Prison reports Bangor Daily News. 7 of them are inmates who live in the same housing unit and one is an employee of the prison.
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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