The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 24 new cases of COVID-19 as well as an additional death on Friday.
The total number of confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 in Maine was 3,912. To date, at least 123 main people have died after contracting the disease caused by coronavirus.
The Maine CDC was reporting 428 active cases on Friday after recovering the total deaths and 3,361 individuals, an increase of seven from Thursday. There are 3,499 confirmed viruses and 413 possible cases.
According to daily tracking and analysis by The New York Times, Maine continues to have the lowest infection and mortality rates in the nation since COVID-19.
As of Friday, Maine had an infection rate of 289 cases per 100,000 residents, lower than every other state except Hawaii and Vermont. By comparison, the states that currently have the highest infection rates, Louisiana and Arizona, had 2,465 and 2,348 cases, respectively, for every 100,000 residents, according to The New York Times.
Nevertheless, Maine has one of the worst inequalities in the nation when it comes to the racial and ethnic breakdown that is contracting COVID-19.
While Blacks make up only 1.4 percent of all residents in Maine, they account for about 22 percent of all COVID-19 cases in which, according to recent data from the Maine CDC, the person’s race is known.
On Thursday, Janet Mills announced $ 1 million from the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide education, prevention, and support services to organizations working in immigrant and minority communities. The mills also announced $ 5 million in rental assistance to help prevent evictions and counter the loss of a federal unemployment benefit program set to end on Friday.
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On this date in Maine history: July 31