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CDC: State hits new daily high with 204 COVID-19 cases

By Fran Gonzalez | Nov 09, 2020

Augusta — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday, Nov. 9, the state had hit a new single-day high with 204 new cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period. Out of all new cases, 31% are from Cumberland County and 25% are from Androscoggin County.

Dr. Nirav Shah said that two additional people from Somerset County died Saturday, Nov. 7, from complications of the virus, bringing the total number of individuals who have died to 152. One was a man in his 70s, the other, a woman in her 80s.

Waldo County saw an additional two cases of COVID-19 since yesterday, bringing the number of active cases to 41. In all, 177 people have tested positive for the virus in Waldo County, 15 deaths and 121 recoveries. Currently 14 people are hospitalized.

According to the CDC, one additional case was identified Saturday associated with the Waldo County General Hospital outbreak, moving the total case count to five. There has been no change since then.

The state hospitalization rate rose to 3.65 for every 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 15 for every 100,000 people. Shah said that just a few weeks ago, the state’s hospitalization rate was 1 per 100,000 and today it stands at triple that.

Speaking about new outbreaks, Shah said Kids Peace in Ellsworth reported four cases; Jonesport United Pentecostal Church reported nine cases; Ruby’s Wood Grill in York reported nine cases including six patrons and three staffers; and Portland Pie Co. in Windham reported three cases.

A continuing investigation into Russell Park Rehabilitation and Living Center in Lewiston has turned up 72 cases including 45 residents and 27 staff members. Durgin Pines retirement facility in Kittery has 33 cases, and that number Shah said, is expected to increase.

Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services said Gov. Janet Mills has launched two new mobile testing units through a partnership with Promerica Health that will provide rapid testing regardless of symptoms or referral from a health care provider.

One site will be located at the Portland International Jetport inside the terminal and, according to Lambrew, will be accessible to travelers and members of the public alike and will be available seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. starting today.

This Friday, Nov. 13, Promerica Health will begin offering mobile testing at the downtown Auburn Transportation Center with appointments available five days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Appointments for free testing at both sites can be made at COVIDtestforme.com. Lambrew said the rapid molecular Abbott IDNow test is available at the Portland Jetport for a cost of $25 per test, per appointment, and subject to availability.

When asked what his biggest concern with the state of COVID-19 currently is, Shah said, “unchecked community transmission.”

“The ground has been seeded with a lot of COVID-19 cases,” he said. “Now more outbreaks have started to crop up” in varied places, as compared to previously. Barbecues and family gatherings are what is driving the new trends, he said.

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