Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said Monday, Nov. 16, that over the weekend, three people died from complications associated with COVID-19.

Two women in their 80s, one from York County and one from Somerset, and a man in his 80s from Kennebec County, were the 163rd, 164th and 165th deaths in Maine since the pandemic began, he said.

Since yesterday, 173 people have tested positive for the virus, bringing the cumulative case count to 9,117. Currently there are 69 people hospitalized, 28 in intensive care units and seven on ventilators.

Waldo County saw no new COVID-19 cases since yesterday, with a total of 194 cumulative cases, 16 deaths and 139 recoveries. Currently there are 39 active cases and 15 people hospitalized.

Shah listed 14 new outbreak investigations the CDC has started in the past 24 hours across the state.

These include the Tabernacle of the Congregation in Bridgton, Worcester Wreath Co. in Harringto,The Augusta Calumet Social Club and Clover Heath in Auburn, each of which has three cases.

Also, Downeast Transportation has three cases; Edward Little High School in Auburn has two students and a staff member who have tested positive; Farrington Elementary School in Augusta has four cases; Lewiston High School has one student and two staffers; Little Hands Daycare in Falmouth has one child and six staffers; Otis Elevator has four staff members; and Northeast Mobile in Rockport has four cases.

The spike in outbreaks, Shah said, is a result of increasing levels of community transmission. "The ground has been seeded," he said, "and now we are seeing patches across the state."

Because the weather has driven many gatherings indoors, he said, this, in turn, is generating more cases, which are generating more outbreaks.

"It is a vicious circle," Shah said.

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