The numbers reflect a fluctuation in overall trends, as the seven-day average for new cases was 30.4 on Monday, the highest since late June, when the seven-day average was around 40. During the epidemic in late May, Maine’s seven-day average was in the low 50s, and by far the lowest point in early August was around 14 per day.
In total, there have been 4,903 cases and 136 deaths in Maine. York County, which had several recent outbreaks, reported 11 new cases on Monday, while the state’s most populous Cumberland County had five new cases. The five deaths are now related to an Aug. 7 wedding in East Millincet and reception in Millincet, the Main Center for Disease Control and Prevention said. Four of the deaths occurred at the Maplest Rehabilitation and Living Center in Madison.
On Saturday, the Maine CDC reported that on August 31, the number of funerals and receptions in the Sanford area increased to 10.. The funeral took place at the Southern Maine Veteran Cemetery in Springwell and took place inside the reception home. Across the street at Sanford American Legion Post 19 on Main Street in Springvale.
In response to York County outbreaks, the University of Maine System has continued testing and screening efforts at its facilities and staffed approximately 700 students and staff at five Southern Maine locations, including 400 at Southern Maine Campus University in Portland and Gorum There is a possibility of trial.
Extended testing will also be conducted at the Springwell office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, the Sacco Center in Augusta, University of Maine, and the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. University officials said only the UMA Saco Center and the Spingvale Office of Cooperative Extension are in York County, the increased exam designed to increase efforts in southern Maine.
“We will conduct additional screenings at our facilities, advancing our support and safety efforts for students and staff to help public health officials and Southern Maine communities limit the spread of COVID-19,” University of Chancellor of the Maine System, Daniel Mallo, said the statement.
At St. Joseph’s College of Maine, nine students have tested positive for COVID-19, and all cases are asymptomatic, the college reported on Saturday. For at least the next two weeks, Standish College will deliver all classes remotely and require students to stay in their rooms “as much as possible”.
College president Jim Delugos said in a statement on Saturday, “Let’s move together now, so we can be together for the semester”.
Meanwhile, the Maine CDC stated that attendees of Sanford Social Clubs should monitor symptoms of COVID-19 on the following dates and call their health provider to determine if they should be tested:
• Sanford Veterans 9935 of Foreign Wars on Hutchinson Street from August 24 to the present
• Laffet Social Club on Winter Street between August 27 and September 2
• The Wolves Club on High Street from August 26 to the present
• Sanford Elks Lodge on Elm Street from September 3 to the present
• Emberts Sanford Post 3 on School Street from 26 September to present
The Maine CDC said that Springwell Social Club attendees from Sept 1 should take the same precautions.
Other county county locations where outbreaks have been identified include York County Jail, Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Sanford Fire Department and Seal Rock Health Care Nursing Home in Saco.
Some outbreaks have been linked to an August 7 wedding and reception in early August, including a Maplerest facility in Madison, which was attended by a York County Jail employee. The pastor of Calvary Baptist Church attended the wedding. Millinocket outbreaks are associated with 161 cases statewide.
This story will be updated.
On this date in Maine history: 14 September