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Real-time updates: Maine coronavirus update for Sunday, July 12, 2020

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Sunday, July 12, 2020



The Maine Center for Disease Control has released Sunday's COVID-19 numbers

  • DEATHS - 114
  • CASES - 3,539
  • CONFIRMED - 3,143
  • PROBABLE - 396
  • RECOVERIES - 2,994
  • The three additional deaths reported July 11 and July 12 are:
    • a woman in her 90s from Penobscot County
    • a man in his 70s from Cumberland County
    • a woman in her 80s from Cumberland County


1230 PM

  • Another local business has had to close temporarily because of a COVID-19 positive staff member. Corsetti's on RT 302 in Westbrook has temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution while the owners perform some cleaning measures. 

Saturday's CDC Numbers

  • DEATHS - 112
  • CASES - 3,520 
  • CONFIRMED - 3,131
  • PROBABLE - 389
  • RECOVERIES - 2,972



The Maine CDC reported an additional 13 cases of COVID-19 in Maine.

  • Total cases: 3,499
  • Confirmed cases: 3,110
  • Probable cases: 389
  • Active cases: 457
  • Cumulative hospitalizations: 366
  • Recoveries: 2,931
  • Deaths: 111
  • Case rate (per 10,000 people): 26.1


10:30 a.m.

The Maine CDC reported an additional person has died with COVID-19, marking the 111th death in Maine: a woman in her 80s from Penobscot County.

  • Total cases: 3,486
  • Confirmed cases: 3,092
  • Probable cases: 394
  • Active cases: 474
  • Cumulative hospitalizations: 365
  • Recoveries: 2,901
  • Deaths: 111
  • Case rate (per 10,000 people): 26


  • Total cases: 3,460
  • Confirmed cases: 3,065
  • Probable cases: 395
  • Active cases: 494
  • Cumulative hospitalizations: 363
  • Recoveries: 2,856
  • Deaths: 110
  • Case rate (per 10,000 people): 25.9

In the briefing Wednesday, Dr. Nirav Shah said the hope is still for kids to return to in-person instruction in the school, but acknowledges that the CDC is also working with other public health officials to monitor the situation. 


Dr. Nirav Shah made clear that when the Maine CDC reports deaths, they are reporting that someone has died who had been confirmed positive with COVID-19, not the cause of death specifically. The cause of death determination is left to the medical examiner.  
According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, as of a few days ago, there were roughly 2,900 Mainers tested each week. This includes people tested through the state lab in Augusta, as well as large commercial testing companies like LabCorp. Dr. Shah said right now, the positivity rate is over 5%, meaning for every 100 people tested, about 5 or 6 are positive. Compared to other states, whose positivity rates are 10 or 15%, Maine is doing better, Dr. Shah says. He says he'd like to see Maine's positivity rate around 2%, which is what South Korea's is. To do that, Dr. Shah says testing must increase two or three-fold.


Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background 

The official name for the coronavirus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19” for short. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can infect people and animals. The viruses can cause the common cold or more serious diseases like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC says symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in some cases sore throat.

The CDC says there are simple steps to take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others
  • The Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday, March 10 that they would be holding daily coronavirus briefings with director Dr. Nirav Shah to keep the public up to date on the situation in Maine

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