The total COVID-19 deaths in Maine are now 507 after the state reported 30 more COVID-related deaths on Saturday. The Maine CDC stated that eight of the reported deaths were residents of Penobscot County which now has a total of 2,850 COVID-19 cases. York and Cumberland Counties also recorded five deaths each, the agency stated.
Aroostook and Oxford recorded four deaths each and Hancock County recorded two deaths. Androscoggin and Kennebec counties recorded one death each, the agency added. All the reported deaths were people above 60 years old. Two of them were between ages 60 and 69, three between 70 and 79, and the rest were 80 or older. The agency also reported that 15 women and 15 men died.
The agency reported that 23 of the death occurred since Christmas Eve and they were only just confirmed to be COVID-19 deaths. The other seven deaths are recent, the Maine CDC added on Saturday. With Saturday’s announcement, Maine now has a total of 33,219 COVID-19 infections, 27,249 of the cases have been ascertained to be COVID-19 while the other 5,970 infections are yet to be confirmed, wgme reports.
The Maine CDC also stated that 194 COVID-19 patients are currently receiving treatments in hospitals in the state and 59 of the patients are in the ICU. 22 of the patients have been placed on ventilators, the agency added. In total, 1,242 COVID-19 patients have had to be hospitalized since the first case was discovered in Maine on March 12, 2020.
Based on the number of cases per county, Cumberland County has the highest infection rate with 9,735 cases. York County comes next with 7,222 cases while Androscoggin and Penobscot Counties have 3,563 and 2,850 cases respectively. Kennebec and Oxford Counties are the only other two counties with over 1,000 COVID-19 cases at 2,535 and 1,549 cases respectively.
COVID-19 symptoms include flu-like symptoms such as cough, cold, and sore throat. People who are above 60 and people with underlying health issues such as diabetics are prone to more severe symptoms, experts warn. The Maine CDC urged people with COVID-like symptoms to ensure they put a call through to the doctors before they go to the hospital. This, the agency stated, will give hospitals enough time to prepare.
The Maine CDC urges residents to obey all COVID-19 safety protocols including proper handwashing or sanitizing, keeping hands away from the eyes, mouths, and noses, and keeping physical distancing from other people. The agency also cautions residents to always wear masks when they are in public places and ensure they stay away from sick people.