Maine reports 58 new cases of COVID-19


Maine reported 58 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, continuing the trend of increasing case numbers.

The seven-day average of daily new cases climbed to 45.1 on Monday, compared to 35 last weekend, and 29.1 a month earlier.

Cumberland County reported 13 new cases and York and Penobscot counties both reported seven. There were three new cases in each of the Waldo and Androscoggin counties.

A pedestrian makes his way to Congress St. under the umbrella of an umbrella on Monday. Shaun Patrick Oilet / Staff Photographer

No additional deaths were reported.

An outbreak involving Brooks Pentecostal Church in Waldo County has been linked to 57 COVID-19 cases through Friday. The increase in case numbers in the county prompted the Department of Education to change the county’s school risk levels from “green” to “yellow”, leading to a halt in high school sports and extra-curricular activities.

A recent outbreak has also been reported by the University of New England at Biddeford. Three students tested positive last week after participating in an off-campus program, and all either returned home or went into isolation.

And South Portland High School reported last weekend that a person associated with the school tested positive for COVID-19, the district’s first case. Those who were in close contact with the person needed to quarantine and recommended the test. High school was not closed.

Nationwide, cases have been increasing since the epidemic began, with more than 8.9 million cases and 230,000 deaths.

This story will be updated.

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