The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday, Oct. 27, the total number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 associated with the Waldo County outbreak remains at 60, with one person hospitalized.

The outbreak, which began early in October at the Brooks Pentecostal Church, has seen a sharp rise in cases in the county over a two-week period.

Dr. Nirav Shah, Maine CDC director, said Tuesday that of the 60 cases, 34 are considered to be primary cases, while 26 are secondary. Primary cases, he said, are people who attended either the Oct. 2-4 fellowship event or a worship service at the Brooks church in that same time period. A secondary case is someone who came in direct, close or sustained contact with a primary case.

In a video posted on the church’s Facebook page Oct. 25, Pastor Matthew Shaw said he wanted to “speak to the heart of the community,” expressed regret for what has happened and asked for "forgiveness.”

Shaw said the church has been encouraged not to make statements and not to reply to comments received on its Facebook page. Some in the community, he said, have used this situation to voice their opposition to the church.

“We apologize that the sickness came to our church and apologize for the consequences that maybe the community is feeling, the fear that is settling into the hearts of men and women,” he said.

The church is encouraged, he said, by receiving reports from family that some people stricken with the virus who were hospitalized are progressing and “we are believing for a full recovery.”

Waldo County now has a cumulative case count of 148, with 14 people having died, and 83 recoveries. According to the Maine CDC, the case rate per 10,000 people in Waldo County is 37.3, the fourth-highest county in the state; Cumberland is at 85, Androscoggin at 78.8, and York at 66.8.