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Maine CDC reports 1 new coronavirus-related death, 41 new cases

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday one new coronavirus-related death in Maine and 41 new cases.The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died 95. The new reported death was a man in his 70s from Knox County.The 41 new cases bring the total number of cases in Maine to 2,418. There were 53 new recoveries reported.Maine CDC Dr. Nirav Shah said his agency was investigating a potential outbreak at Eldredge Lumber in York. Shah said 13 people there have tested positive.Shah said it is unclear if the workers contracted the virus at the worksite or somewhere else. He said the investigation is getting underway.Shah also shared the story of a woman in her 100s who died of the virus on Tuesday. Shah said the woman’s family reached out to share her story.Shah said the woman was during the flu pandemic a century ago. He said her mother was so sick when she was born that she had to live with her aunt for a period of time after her birth.He said the woman went on to become a nurse and enlisted in the Army as a nurse during World War II. She was one of six siblings to serve during the war. One of her siblings was killed in action.Shah said after the war, she held several leadership positions as a nurse and became the head nurse for the state of Maine in Augusta.She later moved to northern Maine with her husband, and when she got older she sold her home and moved to southern Maine to care for her sister. She was living with her sister at the time of her death.Shah said he wanted to share her story to remind people that every statistic is a person with a story. He thanked the woman for her service to the state.Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirusMAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA Deaths: 95 Total cases: 2,418 Total Positivity Rate: 4.89% Confirmed cases: 2,152 Probable cases: 266 Patients recovered: 1,699 Active cases: 624 Currently hospitalized: 44 Patients in ICU: 14 Patients on ventilators: 10Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDCWHAT ARE THE 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, sore throat 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.EXPANDED TESTINGThe Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has eliminated the tiered criteria for testing after acquiring new equipment in a partnership with Idexx. The Maine CDC can now process 1,000 tests per day, more than tripling its capacity.Under the expanded testing, the Maine CDC lab will test any person who has one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Testing must be ordered by a health care provider.The Maine CDC lab will also test people with no symptoms who may be at risk of spreading the virus. That includes asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting; asymptomatic health care workers, including first responders, who have had contact with or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case; or asymptomatic persons tested as part of a sentinel COVID-19 disease surveillance program established by Maine CDC.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 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. 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 announced Wednesday one new coronavirus-related death in Maine and 41 new cases.

The total number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died 95. The new reported death was a man in his 70s from Knox County.

The 41 new cases bring the total number of cases in Maine to 2,418.

There were 53 new recoveries reported.

Maine CDC Dr. Nirav Shah said his agency was investigating a potential outbreak at Eldredge Lumber in York. Shah said 13 people there have tested positive.

Shah said it is unclear if the workers contracted the virus at the worksite or somewhere else. He said the investigation is getting underway.

Shah also shared the story of a woman in her 100s who died of the virus on Tuesday. Shah said the woman’s family reached out to share her story.

Shah said the woman was during the flu pandemic a century ago. He said her mother was so sick when she was born that she had to live with her aunt for a period of time after her birth.

He said the woman went on to become a nurse and enlisted in the Army as a nurse during World War II. She was one of six siblings to serve during the war. One of her siblings was killed in action.

Shah said after the war, she held several leadership positions as a nurse and became the head nurse for the state of Maine in Augusta.

She later moved to northern Maine with her husband, and when she got older she sold her home and moved to southern Maine to care for her sister. She was living with her sister at the time of her death.

Shah said he wanted to share her story to remind people that every statistic is a person with a story. He thanked the woman for her service to the state.

Slow the Spread: CLICK HERE to read the CDC guidelines on coronavirus

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA

  • Deaths: 95
  • Total cases: 2,418
  • Total Positivity Rate: 4.89%
  • Confirmed cases: 2,152
  • Probable cases: 266
  • Patients recovered: 1,699
  • Active cases: 624
  • Currently hospitalized: 44
  • Patients in ICU: 14
  • Patients on ventilators: 10

Get the latest coronavirus information from the Maine CDC

WHAT ARE THE 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, sore throat 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.

EXPANDED TESTING

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has eliminated the tiered criteria for testing after acquiring new equipment in a partnership with Idexx. The Maine CDC can now process 1,000 tests per day, more than tripling its capacity.

Under the expanded testing, the Maine CDC lab will test any person who has one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Testing must be ordered by a health care provider.

The Maine CDC lab will also test people with no symptoms who may be at risk of spreading the virus. That includes asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in an outbreak setting; asymptomatic health care workers, including first responders, who have had contact with or exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 case; or asymptomatic persons tested as part of a sentinel COVID-19 disease surveillance program established by Maine CDC.

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 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. 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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