Coronavirus: More Mainers Test Positive For COVID-19 [UPDATE]
As of Thursday, May 28, there have been at total of 2,226 cases of coronavirus in Maine, according to official state statistics. That's 37 more cases from the previous day.
There have been a total of 85 deaths among Mainers with COVID-19, mostly among the elderly. That is one more recorded death from the previous day.
There have been 270 Mainers hospitalized at some point during their illness. Currently, there are 53 people being hospitalized.
The most recent numbers show 1,458 Mainers have recovered from the virus and have been released from isolation. That's 56 more recoveries since yesterday.
More than 49,000 tests have been performed across the state.
You may watch the most recent Maine CDC news conference below at 2 p.m.
The cases are centered mostly in southern Maine, with the majority in Cumberland and York counties. Health officials have identified "community transmission" of the disease present in Penobscot, Androscoggin, Cumberland and York counties.
There are 100 cases in Penobscot County. Eighty-seven of those people have recovered and 19 are being hospitalized. One person from Penobscot County has died.
There are 518 healthcare workers who have tested positive for the virus.
The Mills' Administration has announced a rural reopening plan, allowing stores, restaurants, and some other businesses to open in the 12 counties where no community transmission has been detected.
Gov. Janet Mills has issued a "stay-at-home" order requiring Mainers remain at home through May 31 with limited exceptions for already permitted activities, such as grocery shopping or exercising.
Dr. Nirav Shah, the head of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, urged Mainers, no matter where they live, to practice "physical distancing" to help stop the spread of the virus.
"Physical distancing is the best vaccine we have when it comes to COVID-19 in absence of a chemical vaccine," Dr. Nirav Shah said at a recent news conference.
For more information on COVID-19, visit the CDC website.
For information on cases in Maine, visit the Maine CDC website.