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CDC reports 28 new COVID-19 cases

By Fran Gonzalez | Jun 04, 2020

While no new deaths were reported since yesterday, the number of COVID-19 cases statewide rose by 28, Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, said June 4.

Overall there are now 2,446 total cases, with 291 people having been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic. Currently there are 35 individuals in the hospital; 14 in intensive care units and seven on ventilators. In all, 1,739 people have recovered from the disease. The death count in the state remains at 95.

Shah said the new outbreak reported at Eldredge Lumber and Hardware facility in York remains at 13 cases with universal testing underway.

The Portland Family Shelter remained at 16 people who have tested positive for the virus. Shah said the CDC is working closely with residents at the shelter to make sure they have all the medical and social services they need.

Regarding testing, Shah said the daily positivity rate, which is different than the cumulative rate, has dropped to 2.18%. In the past 24 hours, 1,559 tests were conducted, he said, with 34 coming back positive. Compared with daily totals for Massachusetts, which ranges from 6 to 12%, Shah said, these are "signs that expanded testing is getting us where we need to be going."

"We'd still like to get the cumulative rate, which stands at 4.8%, down even further," he said.

Commissioner Heather Johnson of the Department of Economic Development said the Mills administration is accelerating business openings in 13 rural counties in the state.

Tasting rooms and bars will be allowed to open outside service starting June 12 in all counties except for York, Cumberland and Androscoggin. Also, gyms and fitness centers, nail salons, tattoo and piercing salons will be allowed to open following CDC guidelines.

These businesses were previously slated to open in stage 3 of Gov. Mills' reopening plan, scheduled for July 1. Johnson said the change is because case counts have remained the same or decreased.

A new interactive map outlining reported cases by zip code is now available on the CDC site maine.gov/dhhs/mecdc/infectious-disease/epi/airborne/coronavirus.shtml. Shah said that while the map is intriguing and dense populations show more cases of COVID-19 on the map, that is something they would have predicted.

Because people travel within the state on a regular basis, he said, "I urge you to go about your day as if the virus is all around us."

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