Maine broke its daily record of COVID-19 cases last Friday. As the virus continues to spread across the state, 103 new infections are reported.
Governor Janet Mills said she is considering a series of measures to deal with this surge, such as postponing the reopening of bars scheduled on Monday and reducing the maximum scale of indoor gatherings.
Also on Friday, due to deteriorating trends, the two counties of Somerset County and Washington State joined the Yellow Labeled Waldo County of the Maine Department of Education. This means that blended learning is recommended and will reduce school sports activities and extracurricular activities. activity. The other 1
Of the new cases, 44 were in Cumberland County, 11 in Somerset County, and 9 each in York and Kennebec County. No other deaths. The number of cases in Cumberland County increased from 16 on Wednesday to 22 on Thursday, and to 44 on Friday.
The recent outbreak in Cumberland County included 18 cases at Pat’s Pizza in Portland’s Old Port and 18 cases at the Maine Correctional Center in Wyndham.
After a long period of relatively stable low number of cases, Maine’s cases continue to climb. There were 80 new cases on Thursday and 76 on Wednesday.
On Friday, the 7-day daily average of new cases was 67.9, compared with 37 a week ago and 30.4 a month ago.
Dr. Nirav Shah, Director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a tweet on Friday: “Surge is imperative. Take action now. For yourself, for your family and community, wear a mask and stay away from others. serious.”
To my fellow #Maine: Today, there are 103 new #COVID19 cases across the state. I will post other details as soon as possible.
The wave here is. Take action now. For yourself, for your family and your community, wear a mask and stay away from others. This is serious.
-Nirav D. Shah (iranirav_mainecdc) October 30, 2020
Shah said that in the past week, testing has increased significantly. The 7-day average daily COVID-19 test conducted last Friday was 519 tests per 100,000 people, an increase of 15-25% compared to the previous month. The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the number of tests was 400 tests per 100,000 tests and 450 tests per 100,000.
However, the percentage of tests that were returned as positive has also increased, with the daily average for seven days rising from 0.49% two weeks ago to 0.83 on Friday. The national average is about 7%, so Maine’s performance is better than the rest of the country, but the rising positive rate is a worrying trend, Shah said. The higher the positive rate, the more difficult it is for public health workers to control the outbreak and prevent the virus from growing exponentially.
Robert Long, a spokesperson for the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in an email that despite the strong testing volume, “the increase in cases seems most likely to be caused by community transmission.”
Lang said: “The continuous increase in the positive rate over the past seven days provides another sign that the increase in cases is more due to community transmission than additional testing.”
On the second day after Maine announced a partnership with Walgreens, the number of cases increased steadily. The organization will provide free rapid antigen tests that can produce results within 15 minutes.
The rapid test is expected to begin providing through train services at 65 Walgreens locations in Maine sometime in November. The rapid test does not require a doctor’s note, and anyone who thinks they need a test can order a COVID-19 test as usual in Maine.
Patients will “wipe their nasal cavity” under the supervision of pharmacy staff. Compared with the more common deep nasal swab test used in the COVID-19 PCR molecular test, the nasal swab is less invasive, which usually returns results within 24 to 48 hours in Maine.
Dr. Michael Mina, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard University, said in a conference call on Friday that the partnership between Maine and Walgreens is a “great idea” because the state can “use Walgreens’ (retail) footprint to make changes. “Multiple Tests” is accessible. “
Mina has always advocated the expansion of rapid testing as a key tool to help suppress the virus. By the end of this year, Maine will accept 400,000 rapid antigen tests, and more tests are expected in 2021. The test will help medical staff, police, firefighters, paramedics, teachers and other important personnel who have returned from exposure to COVID-19 to work faster if they test negative and have no symptoms.
Mina said: “We need to treat every part of this process as strategic.” “Walgreens is strategically located to work with the health departments of Maine and other states to develop these strategies.”
The current hospital stay is at 17:00 on Friday, and 5 people are in intensive care. The number of hospitalizations began to increase and became more dispersed among state hospitals.
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