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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported one new coronavirus-related death on Tuesday and 15 additional cases.The new death was reported in Somerset County and brings the total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died to 137.The additional 15 cases bring the total since the outbreak began to 4,918.A total of 4,280 Mainers have recovered from the virus, which is an increase of 43 over the past 24 hours.Active cases decreased from 530 on Monday to 501 on Tuesday.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA: Deaths: 137 Total cases: 4,918 Confirmed cases: 4,415 Probable cases: 503 Cumulative positivity rate: 1.67% 14-day positivity rate: 0.5% Patients recovered: 4,280 Active cases: 501 Currently hospitalized: 10 Patients in intensive care unit: 5 Patients on ventilators: 0Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC”I AM CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE WE ARE”Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah expressed concern Tuesday about the state of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.Shah highlighted the ongoing surge of cases in York County as well as new outbreaks being reported across the state.Shah said cases of the virus and outbreaks are being reported in areas of the state that had no cases or low numbers. He said four deaths since Thursday are also of concern.With flu season approaching, Shah said it is critical that coronavirus be under control in Maine or the fall and winter will be very difficult.Shah said recent outbreaks show the virus can easily spread at gatherings.Shah urged people to take precautions now to prevent the spread of the virus, including the wearing of masks.ONGOING OUTBREAKSThe Maine CDC said Tuesday that there are now seven deaths linked to the COVID-19 outbreak involving a wedding and reception in the Millinocket area last month.Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the two new deaths are at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison.State health officials said a staff member at Maplecrest attended the Aug. 7 wedding, which led to the outbreak at the facility.Shah said in total, there have been 39 cases of coronavirus at Maplecrest and six deaths. The number of cases increased by 11 on Monday after a round of retesting of residents.Shah said there have been 176 cases associated with the wedding, which includes the outbreak at Maplecrest and another outbreak at the York County Jail.Shah also said the Maine CDC has launched an investigation into a new outbreak at the ND Paper mill in Rumford. A company spokeswoman said five employees have tested positive for the virus.The Maine CDC is also assisting Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston after two students tested positive for the virus.COVID-19 SYMPTOMSSymptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.COVID-19 RESOURCES: Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said. 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered. NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

AUGUSTA, Maine —

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported one new coronavirus-related death on Tuesday and 15 additional cases.

The new death was reported in Somerset County and brings the total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died to 137.

The additional 15 cases bring the total since the outbreak began to 4,918.

A total of 4,280 Mainers have recovered from the virus, which is an increase of 43 over the past 24 hours.

Active cases decreased from 530 on Monday to 501 on Tuesday.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA:

  • Deaths: 137
  • Total cases: 4,918
  • Confirmed cases: 4,415
  • Probable cases: 503
  • Cumulative positivity rate: 1.67%
  • 14-day positivity rate: 0.5%
  • Patients recovered: 4,280
  • Active cases: 501
  • Currently hospitalized: 10
  • Patients in intensive care unit: 5
  • Patients on ventilators: 0

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

“I AM CONCERNED ABOUT WHERE WE ARE”

Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Nirav Shah expressed concern Tuesday about the state of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

Shah highlighted the ongoing surge of cases in York County as well as new outbreaks being reported across the state.

Shah said cases of the virus and outbreaks are being reported in areas of the state that had no cases or low numbers. He said four deaths since Thursday are also of concern.

With flu season approaching, Shah said it is critical that coronavirus be under control in Maine or the fall and winter will be very difficult.

Shah said recent outbreaks show the virus can easily spread at gatherings.

Shah urged people to take precautions now to prevent the spread of the virus, including the wearing of masks.

ONGOING OUTBREAKS

The Maine CDC said Tuesday that there are now seven deaths linked to the COVID-19 outbreak involving a wedding and reception in the Millinocket area last month.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the two new deaths are at the Maplecrest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison.

State health officials said a staff member at Maplecrest attended the Aug. 7 wedding, which led to the outbreak at the facility.

Shah said in total, there have been 39 cases of coronavirus at Maplecrest and six deaths. The number of cases increased by 11 on Monday after a round of retesting of residents.

Shah said there have been 176 cases associated with the wedding, which includes the outbreak at Maplecrest and another outbreak at the York County Jail.

Shah also said the Maine CDC has launched an investigation into a new outbreak at the ND Paper mill in Rumford. A company spokeswoman said five employees have tested positive for the virus.

The Maine CDC is also assisting Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston after two students tested positive for the virus.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.

Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

  • Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440. The service will eventually include a text option, officials said.
  • 211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.
  • NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

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