AUGUSTA — Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported three new COVID-related deaths across the state Friday, Sept. 3, one of which was in Waldo County.

Spokesman Robert Long said in addition to the Waldo County death, one was from Aroostook County and one from Penobscot County.

Two were men and one was a woman according to Long. One was in their 50s, one was in their 60s, and one was in their 70s. The seven-day positivity rate across the state is now 5.2%, up from 4.83% on Wednesday.

In Waldo County, 86 new cases of COVID-19 were reported this week, with a cummulative total of 1,597 cases in all. Since yesterday, 43 new cases have been recorded by Maine CDC. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Waldo County is still considered an area of “high” transmission, with a positivity rate of 12.71%.

As of Friday, every county in Maine was considered by to have “high” transmission except Lincoln County, which was classified as “substantial.”

There are now four outbreaks in Waldo County. One is at Mount View High School in Thorndike, where Maine CDC has identified six cases. The outbreak investigations at Calvary Chapel Belfast church in Searsmont and Penobscot McCrum in Belfast remain open with stable case counts of 16 and nine cases, respectively.

The Waldo County General Hospital outbreak investigation also remains open, with 23 cases in all. As of Aug. 26, eight patients and 13 staff had been identified with the virus at the hospital. Spokesman Robert Long of Maine CDC did not have additional information on the two additional cases at WCGH as of Tuesday morning, Aug. 31.