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3 More People Have Died From COVID-19 In Maine

Nick Woodward
Maine Public
CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah speaks at a press briefing in March 2020.

The Maine Center for Disease Control has confirmed 965 cases of COVID-19 in the state and 47 deaths, an increase of three from Thursday

A total of 499 people have recovered.

The Maine CDC has confirmed an additional ten cases of COVID-19 at the Edgewood Rehabilitation and Living Center in Farmington. Eight residents and 5 staff have now tested positive. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says the increase was expected after an outbreak was detected earlier this week.

"It is a function of the fact that we offered universal testing,” he says. “And as in public health, as in so many other places, we know that when we go to look for things, we do find them."

Twenty-five of the 47 deaths in Maine are among nursing home residents.

Shah and Laura Fortman, the commissioner of the Department of Labor, will provide an update on the coronavirus situation at 2:00 pm today. You can tune to Maine Public radio, TV, mainepublic.org and Facebook for live coverage.

Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills outlined a plan for reopening state businesses, but did not set a timeline.  Federal officials recommend that states wait to reopen businesses until there has been a downward trend of cases for two weeks.

Updated 2:38 p.m. April 24, 2020