3 more Mainers with COVID-19 have died as state sets new single-day record for cases – WMTW Portland

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported three new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday and more than 240 new cases.There were two new deaths reported in Androscoggin County, and one new death reported in Penobscot County, according to the Maine CDC.The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died is now 162. In the past four days ten new deaths have been reported.The 244 new cases, which is a new daily record, brings the total since the beginning of the outbreak to 8,639 cases.There were 136 new recoveries reported, bringing the total to 6,428.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA: Deaths: 162 Total cases: 8,639 Confirmed cases: 7,748 Probable cases: 891 Cumulative positivity rate: 1.33% 14-day positivity rate: 2.0% Patients recovered: 6,428 Active cases: 2,049 Currently hospitalized: 62 Patients in intensive care: 16 Patients on ventilators: 6NEW OUTBREAKSMaine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said his agency had opened several new outbreak investigations on Thursday.Shah said there are three cases of the virus involving five staff members at J’s Oyster in Portland. He said there are seven cases among staff members at Willow’s Pizza and Restaurant in South Portland.Shah also said there have been five new outbreaks reported in western Maine in the past 24 hours. Shah said there are three cases at the Androscoggin County Jail, three cases among staff at Community Concepts Childcare, three cases at the Guy E. Rowe School in Norway, five cases at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and three cases with the MaineCOVID-19 SYMPTOMSSymptoms of the 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:StrengthenME: The Maine Department of Health and Human Services created StrengthenME to help Mainers cope with the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. The program offers a hotline that is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone in need of assistance can call the hotline at 207-221-8198.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 front lines 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 or by texting 898-211.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported three new coronavirus-related deaths on Friday and more than 240 new cases.

There were two new deaths reported in Androscoggin County, and one new death reported in Penobscot County, according to the Maine CDC.

The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died is now 162. In the past four days ten new deaths have been reported.

The 244 new cases, which is a new daily record, brings the total since the beginning of the outbreak to 8,639 cases.

There were 136 new recoveries reported, bringing the total to 6,428.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA:

  • Deaths: 162
  • Total cases: 8,639
  • Confirmed cases: 7,748
  • Probable cases: 891
  • Cumulative positivity rate: 1.33%
  • 14-day positivity rate: 2.0%
  • Patients recovered: 6,428
  • Active cases: 2,049
  • Currently hospitalized: 62
  • Patients in intensive care: 16
  • Patients on ventilators: 6

NEW OUTBREAKS

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said his agency had opened several new outbreak investigations on Thursday.

Shah said there are three cases of the virus involving five staff members at J’s Oyster in Portland. He said there are seven cases among staff members at Willow’s Pizza and Restaurant in South Portland.

Shah also said there have been five new outbreaks reported in western Maine in the past 24 hours. Shah said there are three cases at the Androscoggin County Jail, three cases among staff at Community Concepts Childcare, three cases at the Guy E. Rowe School in Norway, five cases at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School and three cases with the Maine

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of the 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:

StrengthenME: The Maine Department of Health and Human Services created StrengthenME to help Mainers cope with the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. The program offers a hotline that is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Anyone in need of assistance can call the hotline at 207-221-8198.

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 front lines 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 or by texting 898-211.