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Real time Maine coronavirus COVID-19 update: Friday June 26, 2020

Governor Janet Mills announced the awarding of $9 million in grants that will help cities and towns 'Keep Maine Healthy' during the coronavirus pandemic




2,225 PCR based Thursday. 39 positive tests, which translates to a 1.75% daily rate, below 2%guideline. 7-day cumulative is 1.8%. Cumulative positive rate from day1 dipped below 4% for the first time. Maine has completed 89,264 PCR tests. 

Maine CDC worked with Houlton Regional Hospital, who collected 300 samples all results, 301 in total, there was only 1 was positive. Follow up and contact tracing investigation in progress. 

Governor Mills started Friday's briefing by announcing the awarding of $9 million in grants that will help over 100 cities and towns under the 'Keep Maine Healthy Plan' 

Here is the full story - Mills administration approves COVID-19 Prevention and Protection grant awards to municipalities as part of Keep Maine Healthy Plan

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Total cases: 3,102

Confirmed cases: 2,758

Probable cases: 344

Deaths: 103

Hospitalizations: 343

Recoveries: 2,542

Case Rate (per 10,000 people): 23.2 



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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