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Maine CDC reports 151 cases in 24 hours

By Fran Gonzalez | Nov 04, 2020

Augusta — Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday, Nov. 4,  that 151 people have tested positive for COVID-19 since yesterday across the state — the highest ever recorded in Maine in a single day.

Two individuals died because of complications associated with the virus. One is a woman in her 80s from Franklin County and the other, a man in his 70s from Waldo County. Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, said the man was linked indirectly to the Brooks Pentecostal Church outbreak that occurred in mid-October.

The two deaths mark the 149th and 150th fatalities in Maine associated with the disease. In the past 30 days, Shah said, 43 people have been hospitalized. Currently there are 36 individuals in the hospital, with 12 in intensive care and two people on ventilators.

Out of the 150 new cases reported today, Shah said, 41% were from Cumberland County, while 15% were from Kennebec County.

Three new outbreaks were reported today in Augusta. Advance Physical Therapy reported three staffers tested positive; Crossfit Casco Bay Undaunted gym reported three patrons who contracted the illness; and Hope Baptist Church reported five cases of COVID-19.

Deeper Life Assembly Church of Pittsfield is reporting 11 cases and, according to Shah, there is no link to the Brooks Pentecostal Church outbreak.

Shah said one team member at the Augusta CDC building tested positive, prompting the facility to close to the public. While the partial closing has not affected operations, he said, four floors of the facility have been shut down. The CDC is expected to reopen the building to the pubic by tomorrow.

In other outbreaks, Calais Regional Hospital reported six people who have tested positive. Woodlands Memory Care in Rockland is reporting no new cases, with a total of 21 people who have tested positive for the disease and Midcoast Athletic Center in Rockport held steady at five cases.

Shah said the recent surge in cases is driven by people gathering indoors. “Because it can be longer in duration,” he said, “the risk posed by small gatherings can be pronounced.”

He suggested people get a flu shot, get tested if they have any symptoms, including cough, fever, shortness of breath or loss of taste, and if exposed to someone with the virus, make sure to quarantine and get tested.

If one is tested right after a possible exposure, Shah said, results will most likely be negative and he encouraged people to wait five to seven days to be tested.  It takes the virus a couple of days to develop, he said. Before and after testing, stay home until the results are in, because you can potentially infect other people.

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