State health officials reported another 43 cases of COVID-1
No other deaths have been reported among individuals with coronavirus.
Maine’s seven-day rolling average of new cases rose to 38, compared to 34.9 on Wednesday, which is 10 cases higher than the average for the week ending September 17. State officials expressed concern about this upward trend, especially in Yorkshire. The status is monitoring multiple outbreaks.
To date, since the coronavirus was first detected in the state in mid-March, the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked 5,215 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases. At least 140 people died after contracting the virus, but 4,478 people have recovered.
The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported another 18 cases in York County on Wednesday. According to reports, new outbreaks have been reported this week at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technology Center, Sanford Wolf Club, Hussey Seating Company in North Berwick and Ogunquit Beach Lobster House.
On Tuesday, the Sanford City Council voted to suspend municipal entertainment projects and close parks, fields and outdoor sports facilities. Municipal leisure officials said that as long as Sanford High School remains in a full distance learning mode, new restrictions will be in place. After high schools broke out in schools and communities, they switched to fully online courses this week.
However, despite the recent outbreak, Maine still has one of the lowest infection rates per capita in the country.
The government of Governor Janet Mills announced on Wednesday that because of the decline in infection rates there, residents of Massachusetts will no longer need a 14-day negative COVID-19 test or quarantine to visit Maine.
Other states with similar exemptions are New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is expected to provide an update on the Coronavirus situation in Maine at 2 pm.
This story will be updated.
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