19 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Maine; 3 New Deaths
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Maine increased by 19 and 3 more people have died from the virus.
Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah announced at Wednesday's briefing that the total number of reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now at 907 an increase of 19 new cases since Tuesday. 455 people recovered, an increase of 12. The total number of active cases is 413, and increase of 4, and 3 new deaths were reported, bringing the total number to 39. 145 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 42 are currently hospitalized with 18 of those are in critical care and 10 patients on ventilators.
Here's a breakdown of the numbers by county from the Maine CDC.
And here's another handy graphic that was put together by the University of Maine Presque Isle GIS Lab that show just about every number and stat you might be interested in, presented in a easy to understand format.
During Monday's briefing, Dr. Shah urged everyone to continue with social and physical distancing measures because, "We are still very much in the middle of things."
At the April 16 CDC briefing, Governor Janet Mills announced that she has signed an executive order that will protect housing tenants from eviction and establish a rent relief program. The order creates stronger penalties for landlords who try to evict tenants unlawfully and also extends the time frame for the eviction process. A $5 million COVID-19 rent relief program will be established to give renters who meet income requirements a one-time rental assistance payment of up to $500 which will be paid directly to their landlord.
On April 14, Mills extended the civil state of emergency for Maine to May 15 allowing the state to continue to receive federal aid and for her to take executive action such as extending the stay at home order if it is deemed necessary. Maine's to stay home remains in effect until April 30, but is subject to review and extension if necessary. Find out what that means for you by clicking or tapping here. If you have symptoms of the coronavirus, including a runny nose, sore throat, dry cough, fever and in severe cases, difficulty breathing, the Maine CDC says you should call your doctor before going in so that they can prepare for your arrival. The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.