4 New Deaths in Maine As a Result of COVID-19
The Maine CDC website lists Maine's number of reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) now at 770, an increase of 36 more cases since Tuesday. 36 is the same increase as was reported from Monday to Tuesday. Statewide, 305 people have recovered, and 4 new deaths were reported, bringing the total number at 24.
126 patients have had to be hospitalized at some point. 37 are currently hospitalized and 21 of those are in intensive care. 9 patients are on ventilators.
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.
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, but is subject to review and extension if necessary. Find out what that means for you by clicking or tapping here.
On Tuesday, 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.
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.