Health officials on Sunday reported 230 new coronavirus cases across the state.
Sunday’s report brings the total number of coronavirus cases in Maine to 18,946. Of those, 16,457 have been confirmed positive, while 2,489 were classified as “probable cases,” according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency changed Saturday’s cumulative total to 18,716, down from 18,739. As the Maine CDC continues to investigate previously reported cases, some are determined to have not been the coronavirus, or coronavirus cases not involving Mainers. Those are removed from the state’s cumulative total. The Bangor Daily News reports on the number of new cases reported to the Maine CDC in the previous 24 hours, rather than the increase of daily cumulative cases.
No deaths were reported on Sunday, meaning the statewide death toll stands at 292. Nearly all deaths have been in Mainers over age 60.
New cases were reported in Aroostook (13), Washington (7), Hancock (2), Penobscot (47), Piscataquis (2), Somerset (4), Waldo (1), Knox (2), Lincoln (1), Sagadahoc (1), Androscoggin (20), Kennebec (9), Oxford (21), Cumberland (55) and York (45). Information about where an additional two cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
Only one county — Franklin — did not report any additional cases on Sunday.
The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases is 437.7 down from 449.0 a day ago, up from 364.4 a week ago and up from 189 a month ago.
Health officials have warned Mainers that “forceful and widespread” community transmission is being seen throughout the state. Every county is seeing high community transmission, which the Maine CDC defines as a case rate of 16 or more cases per 10,000 people.
There are two criteria for establishing community transmission: at least 10 confirmed cases and that at least 25 percent of those are not connected to either known cases or travel.
So far, 979 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. Of those, 162 are currently hospitalized, with 49 in critical care and 18 on ventilators.
Meanwhile, 28 more people have recovered from the coronavirus, bringing total recoveries to 10,794. That means there are 7,860 active confirmed and “probable” cases in the state, which is up from 7,681 on Saturday.
As of Sunday, 4,493 COVID-19 vaccinations have been reported, according to the Maine CDC.
A majority of the cases — 11,148 — have been in Mainers under age 50, while more cases have been reported in women than men, according to the Maine CDC.
As of Friday, there had been 1,068,605 negative test results out of 1,093,010 overall. About 2.2 percent of all tests have come back positive, Maine CDC data show.
The coronavirus has hit hardest in Cumberland County, where 5,745 cases have been reported and where the bulk of virus deaths — 83 — have been concentrated. Other cases have been reported in Androscoggin (2,152), Aroostook (414), Franklin (384), Hancock (474), Kennebec (1,398), Knox (296), Lincoln (235), Oxford (869), Penobscot (1,563), Piscataquis (91), Sagadahoc (288), Somerset (629), Waldo (335), Washington (298) and York (3,773) counties. Information about where an additional two cases were reported wasn’t immediately available.
As of Sunday morning, the coronavirus had sickened 17,659,719 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 316,202 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.