Maine surpasses 6,000 total coronavirus cases with 38 additional cases reported Wednesday – WMTW Portland

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase of 38 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and no new deaths.The number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died remains at 146.The 38 additional cases bring the total in Maine since the outbreak began to 6,027.According to the Maine CDC, 5,244 people have recovered from the virus, an increase of 38 since Tuesday.MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA: Deaths: 146 Total Cases: 6,027 Confirmed cases: 5,381 Probable cases: 646 Cumulative positivity rate: 1.21% 14-day positivity rate: 0.5% Patients recovered: 5,244 Active cases: 637 Currently hospitalized: 9 Patients in intensive care unit: 1 Patients on ventilators: 0WALDO COUNTY OUTBREAK GROWSThe number of COVID-19 cases linked to a church in Brooks are spreading across Waldo County, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.As of Tuesday afternoon, there were a total of 42 cases. The ages of the people infected with the virus range from 2 years of age to 80, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said.Shah said the number of cases could increase significantly over the coming days.He said the cases are linked to a fellowship gathering at the Brooks Pentecostal Church from Oct. 2 to Oct 4. Shah said 100 to 150 people attended the fellowship gathering. Masks were available but not readily used, Shah said.He said people from other churches also attended the gathering.Shah added that the church held its typical services where 70 to 100 people were in attendance. He said masks were available but not widely used at the services.Shah said services at the church have been suspended in accordance with Maine CDC guidance.The Lighthouse Christian Academy, which shares the property with the church, has seven cases of the virus.Shah said there are other cases in Waldo County linked to the church outbreak.Shah said an employee at Bayview Manor in Searsport has tested positive for the virus. The facility is now conducting universal testing of all residents and employees.Shah said there are cases at four area schools that are also linked to the church outbreak. He said the Maine CDC is working with the schools to determine who had close contact with the patients.Shah said the Maine CDC is working with area health care providers to expanded testing in the area. He urged Mainers to wear masks, socially distance and stay home if not feeling well.GOV. MILLS URGES MAINERS NOT TO LET GUARD DOWNGov. Janet Mills is urging Mainers not to let their guard down as other New England states continue to see increases in COVID-19 cases.Mills said Mainers have done a good job in limiting the spread of the virus, but said Mainers must continue to wear face coverings and practice other safety measures.She said anyone can cause an outbreak. Mills cited the outbreak associated with the August wedding in Millinocket that was linked to more than 170 cases of the virus and eight deaths.“This virus can strike anyone, anywhere, any time,” Mills said.The governor asked Mainers to make sure they get their flu shots and avoid large gatherings.COVID-19 SYMPTOMSSymptoms of the coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.COVID-19 RESOURCES:Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440 or by texting 898-211.211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported an increase of 38 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and no new deaths.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 who have died remains at 146.

The 38 additional cases bring the total in Maine since the outbreak began to 6,027.

According to the Maine CDC, 5,244 people have recovered from the virus, an increase of 38 since Tuesday.

MAINE CORONAVIRUS DATA:

  • Deaths: 146
  • Total Cases: 6,027
  • Confirmed cases: 5,381
  • Probable cases: 646
  • Cumulative positivity rate: 1.21%
  • 14-day positivity rate: 0.5%
  • Patients recovered: 5,244
  • Active cases: 637
  • Currently hospitalized: 9
  • Patients in intensive care unit: 1
  • Patients on ventilators: 0

WALDO COUNTY OUTBREAK GROWS

The number of COVID-19 cases linked to a church in Brooks are spreading across Waldo County, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were a total of 42 cases. The ages of the people infected with the virus range from 2 years of age to 80, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said.

Shah said the number of cases could increase significantly over the coming days.

He said the cases are linked to a fellowship gathering at the Brooks Pentecostal Church from Oct. 2 to Oct 4. Shah said 100 to 150 people attended the fellowship gathering. Masks were available but not readily used, Shah said.

He said people from other churches also attended the gathering.

Shah added that the church held its typical services where 70 to 100 people were in attendance. He said masks were available but not widely used at the services.

Shah said services at the church have been suspended in accordance with Maine CDC guidance.

The Lighthouse Christian Academy, which shares the property with the church, has seven cases of the virus.

Shah said there are other cases in Waldo County linked to the church outbreak.

Shah said an employee at Bayview Manor in Searsport has tested positive for the virus. The facility is now conducting universal testing of all residents and employees.

Shah said there are cases at four area schools that are also linked to the church outbreak. He said the Maine CDC is working with the schools to determine who had close contact with the patients.

Shah said the Maine CDC is working with area health care providers to expanded testing in the area. He urged Mainers to wear masks, socially distance and stay home if not feeling well.

GOV. MILLS URGES MAINERS NOT TO LET GUARD DOWN

Gov. Janet Mills is urging Mainers not to let their guard down as other New England states continue to see increases in COVID-19 cases.

Mills said Mainers have done a good job in limiting the spread of the virus, but said Mainers must continue to wear face coverings and practice other safety measures.

She said anyone can cause an outbreak. Mills cited the outbreak associated with the August wedding in Millinocket that was linked to more than 170 cases of the virus and eight deaths.

“This virus can strike anyone, anywhere, any time,” Mills said.

The governor asked Mainers to make sure they get their flu shots and avoid large gatherings.

COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

Symptoms of the coronavirus may include fever, cough, difficulty breathing and sore throat. Symptoms generally appear two to 14 days after exposure.

Other symptoms include chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache and new loss of taste and/or smell.

Health officials said most patients experience mild symptoms and can recover at home.

However, some patients, particularly those with underlying medical conditions, may experience more severe respiratory illness.

Coronavirus appears to spread in similar ways to the flu and the common cold, which includes through the air by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact such as touching and shaking hands and touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes.

Anyone experiencing symptoms is urged to call their health care provider and not just show up in person.

COVID-19 RESOURCES:

Maine Helps: The Maine Helps website offers ways Mainers can directly help nonprofits, health care and businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak.

FrontLine WarmLine: Maine Department of Health and Human Services phone line to help Mainers who are working on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. The phone line will be staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day by calling 207-221-8196 or 866-367-4440 or by texting 898-211.

211 Maine: The state’s 211 system can answer general questions about coronavirus from callers. Mainers can also text 898-211 to have their questions answered.

NAMI Maine Resources: NAMI Maine is offering several programs to help people with mental health concerns due to the COVID-19 crisis.