According to the Maine CDC's Thursday update, the cumulative number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Maine is now at 12,554, an increase of 346 since Wednesday, the largest single-day increase in cases since the pandemic began. 88 of those cases are senior citizens. 11,151 of those cases are confirmed while 1,403 are deemed probable. Over the past seven days, the Maine CDC has reported 1,289 new cases of COVID-19.

There were 2 new deaths reported of individuals with COVID-19, bringing the total to 220. 740 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 138 are currently hospitalized with 46 in intensive care and 15 on a ventilator.

9,733 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have recovered, an increase of 169 since Wednesday. The total number of diagnosed active cases of COVID-19 is 2,601, an increase of 175.

Governor Janet Mills announced a new executive order November 5 requiring Mainers to wear face coverings regardless of the ability to maintain social distancing. The order comes after consecutive days that the Maine CDC has reported daily case counts at the highest levels we've seen since the pandemic began.

According to the executive order, masks must be worn in public places, indoors and outdoors where people gather closely. Owners of public places must post signs notifying people of the requirement and have the authority to refuse entry to people who choose not to wear a face covering. A clear definition of public spaces is included in the text of the order.

Indoor gatherings have returned to a maximum of 50 people, regardless of capacity, while outdoor activities will remain at 100 people with physical distancing and the use of face coverings.

People traveling from New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and Massachusetts are no longer exempt from Maine’s quarantine or negative test requirement.

Bars and tasting rooms were scheduled to begin reopening for indoor seated service on November 2, 2020 but that has now been postponed until further notice.

Governor Mills has extended the State of Emergency in Maine through December 23, allowing Maine to continue to receive federal funding and use available resources to respond to COVID-19.

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.

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