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Real-time Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 updates: 847 confirmed cases, three additional deaths

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Saturday April 18, 2020

MAINE, USA — KEY MAINE CORONAVIRUS FACTS

LATEST CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

SATURDAY APRIL 18

2:30 p.m.

The Maine Center for Disease Control released the updated numbers:

  • 847 Confirmed Cases
  • 3 more Mainers have died for a total of 32 deaths
  • 136 hospitalizations
  • 382 Mainers have recovered from COVID-19
  • 49 Mainers currently hospitalized
  • 20 Mainers in critical care
  • 12 Mainers on ventilators
  • MEDICAL CAPACITY 
    • Available Critical Care Beds - 165
    • Total Critical Care Beds - 318 
    • Available Ventilators - 309
    • Total Ventilators - 344
    • Alternative Ventilators - 240 

Noon

9 a.m. 

  • Maine CDC is not expected to hold a briefing today, but will update the number of Mainers with COVID-19, coronavirus. NEWS CENTER Maine will publish as soon as they are released.

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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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