Maine COVID-19 Cases at 560; Retirement Community Top Priority
Maine's number of reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is now at 560, an increase 23 more cases since Wednesday. 202 people have recovered, and there have been 2 more deaths bringing that total to 16.
105 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point.
13 Maine residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 in another state and are included on Maine's list of COIVD-19 cases, while 17 people whose permanent residence is in another state have tested positive here in Maine.
The Tall Pines retirement community in Belfast currently has 10 residents and 3 staff members who have tested positive, and the facility is now a concern and top priority for the Maine CDC.
Cumberland County has the most positive cases of COVID-19 and community transmission is occurring there along with York county.
All counties except Piscataquis county have recorded at least one case of COVID-19. Investigations are ongoing in other counties to determine if community transmission is occurring there.
Here's a breakdown of the numbers by county from the Maine CDC.
Governor Janet Mills has ordered all Mainers to stay home unless you work for an essential business or need to do an essential activity. The executive order remains in effect until April 30. 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.
Shah says that right now, our only vaccine against the COVID-19 is physical distancing. It is the key to flattening out the curve of the spread of the coronavirus, a point Dr Shah stressed is vitally important for Mainers to practice. A low curve means that the virus is spreading slowly which gives doctors more time and resources to treat more people. The higher the curve, the most people get sick at once and medical facilities get overwhelmed. Shah says that right now, our only vaccine against the COVID-19 is physical distancing.
The Maine CDC continues to update with new information daily. Keep checking on our mobile app or website to get the latest.