Watch the briefing at 2pm: Maine reports 43 new cases of COVID-19 and 1 additional death.


Maine reported 43 new cases of COVID-19 and an additional death on Thursday, as state education officials said they plan to set up a website to report all cases in Maine public schools .

Thursday’s case counted 59 new Wednesday cases, the largest one-day spike in new cases since late May.

York County continues to be a hotbed of new cases, accounting for 14. 14. Androscoggin County reported 13 cases, while Cumberland County reported five.

A woman checks her phone on Exchange Street. Ben McKanna / Staff Photographer

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah will inform the media at 2 pm

Several schools have reported cases of COVID-19, and a Maine Department of Education spokesman said the agency plans to report all school outbreaks in the state on one website.

“(DOE) is currently working with (Maine CDC) to create a portal from where updated, confirmed case numbers (school administrative unit) or school can be accessed,” Kelly Devo, Maine DOE spokesman said.

Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center have reported the largest outbreaks in the state so far, with 18 cases in a school of 1,000 students. The Maine CDC stepped in to provide on-site universal testing to all students and staff last weekend.

Sanford Superintendent Matt Nelson told the Press Herald that he was not aware of any staff or students who refused the COVID-19 test, but whoever failed the test, would be charged for 14 days. No permission will be given for quarantine and school facilities.

Nelson said the high school is currently in online-only learning, and no decision has been made as to when the students will return to school.

The Maine CDC is still determining how the outbreak occurred in high school, but Nelson said that students and staff followed COVID-19 regulations, including wearing masks and social distinctions.

“Mask compliance was very good,” Nelson said. “Our students, who had joined the learner before the outbreak, wanted to return to school and follow safety rules and procedures well.”

Other schools that have reported cases include Freeport Middle and High School, Massabesic Middle School, Mountain Valley High School in Rumford, Yarmouth School, Marancook Community Middle School in Kennebec County and others.

This story will be updated.


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