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29 More People Die To COVID-19 In Maine, Additional 836 New Cases Reported; Case Count Spikes To 93,201

Maine Reports Spike In COVID-19 Cases And Deaths (Photo: Niels Bohr Institute)

The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Maine recorded by the state increased again. Still, health authorities have more or less sorted through a backlog of positive tests that had accumulated in the thousands the previous week. On Wednesday, health officials confirmed another 836 COVID-19 cases across the state, resulting in the death of 29 additional Mainers.

According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state now stands at 93,201. This is an increase over the previous day’s total of 92,365. The Maine CDC reported that 66,470 of these people tested positive for the virus, while the remaining 26,731 being classified as probable cases.

Central Maine Healthcare COVID-19 Vaccination Site (Photo: Robert F. Bukaty/Associated Press)

Death Toll Stands At 1,065

Two people have died from the virus in Androscoggin County, four in Aroostook County, one in Cumberland County, one in Franklin County, four in Kennebec County, one in Knox County, one in Oxford County, 12 in Penobscot County, one in Piscataquis County, one in Waldo County, and one in York County. There were 13 men and 16 women among them. They were either in their 30s (1), 50s (4), 60s (7), 70s (10) or 80s, or older (7). The COVID-19 death count in Maine stands at 1,065.

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The Maine CDC initially reported far considerably fewer cases and deaths because an IT upgrade disrupted the processing of all data from the preceding 24 hours, according to Maine CDC spokesperson Robert Long.

There have been 8,045 coronavirus cases confirmed in the state in the last 14 days. The Maine CDC no longer tracks recoveries for all patients; thus this is an estimate of the current number of active cases in the state. This is an increase over the previous day’s total of 7,823.

The new statewide case rate was 6.25 cases per 10,000 persons on Wednesday, with a total statewide case rate of 696.36. The seven-day average for new coronavirus cases in Maine is 592.7, down from 596.9 the day before, 558.9 a week ago, and 383 a month ago. On January 14, the average reached a high of 625.3.

Majority of Deaths Was Recorded on the Elderly

The majority of cases have been discovered among Mainers under the age of 20, with the majority of deaths occurring in Mainers over the age of 80. More women have been diagnosed, whereas men have died in greater numbers.

So far, 2,561 Mainers have been hospitalized with COVID-19, the new coronavirus-caused sickness. There are presently 166 people in hospitals, with 51 in critical care and 21 on a ventilator. There are 60 critical care beds and 223 ventilators available out of a total of 334.

There have been cases documented in the counties of Androscoggin (9,941), Aroostook (3,441), Cumberland (20,596), Franklin (1,931), Hancock (2,425), Kennebec (8,880), Knox (1,693), Lincoln (1,636), Oxford (4,581), Penobscot (10,948), Piscataquis (1,187), Sagadahoc (1,805), Somerset (3,725), Waldo.

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