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Maine's COVID-19 Death Toll Rises To 29, As Known Cases Increase To 827

Robert F. Bukaty
Associated Press
Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks at a news conference Monday, March 16, 2020, in Augusta, Maine.

Updated April 17, 2020 at 3:26 p.m. ET.

Two more Mainers have died as a result of COVID-19, as the disease spread to 31 more people since Thursday. That's according to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, who discussed the rising coronavirus toll at a briefing Friday.

Shah said the latest deaths were a woman in her 70s and a woman in her 80s, both from Waldo County. He said 827 people have become infected by the coronavirus since the pandemic began in Maine. Three-hundred-fifty-two have recovered and 29 have died. 

A total of 133 people have had to be hospitalized since the beginning of the outbreak. Currently, Shah said 55 people are hospitalized, 28 of them in the ICU. Eight of those are on ventilators, he said.

Shah said cases have also increased at five nursing homes with outbreaks.

"All told, across all long term care facilities where there are current outbreaks, there have been 112 residents who have tested positive and 52 staff."

Those numbers include the deaths of nine residents. 

Geographically, two-thirds of the cases have been clustered in Cumberland and York counties, but community transmission of the disease is also occurring now in Penobscot and Androscoggin counties, Shah reiterated. 

The virus has been identified in 15 of Maine's 16 counties.  The lone exception is Piscataquis County, where there are still no known cases.

Correction: An earlier version of this story contained a typographical error. Twenty-nine, not 92, people have died in Maine from coronavirus.