Meanwhile, in Maine’s most populous Cumberland County, only two new cases of COVID-19 were reported on Thursday. Maine had a net increase of 26 cases on Thursday after adjusting for previously potential COVID-19 cases to be negative.
Maine CDC director Drs. Nirav Shah will brief the media at 2 pm today.
Since the epidemic began, Maine has tracked 4,760 cases of COVID-19, and 134 deaths.
Of the 23 new cases announced on Wednesday, 14 were in York County, dealing with a number of active outbreaks that Shah called “deeply concerning” on Tuesday.
New York County’s seven-day rolling average of new confirmed cases hit a high of 13 per day on Wednesday, with a per capita rate of nearly Cumbeland County and the highest and farthest in the state. Last week, the state reduced York County’s readiness to reopen the school due to the risk of transmission of the virus, making it the only Maine county to be graded green instead of yellow under a color-coded system has gone.
Public K-12 schools opened in several parts of the state this week and other districts are preparing to welcome at least part-time students starting next week. The state will closely monitor schools for any outbreaks.
The two most recent outbreaks occurred at the Sanford American Legion and the Laffet Club in Sanford. Recently, health officials have responded to the outbreak at the York County Jail in Alfred, Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Seal Rock Health Care Nursing Home in Saco, and the Sanford Fire Department.
The prison outbreak is directly linked to an Aug 7 wedding and reception in the Millinocket area that has been linked to 158 cases and three deaths across the state as of Tuesday. A prison employee attended the wedding.
This story will be updated.
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