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Maine CDC Reports 1 More Death, 26 New Cases Of COVID-19

Willis Ryder Arnold
Maine Public
Fort William in Cape Elizabeth opens for the first day following weeks of closure due to efforts to control the spread of the new coronavirus, May 11, 2020.

The Maine Center for Disease Control is reporting another death associated with COVID-19, a woman in her 80s from Penobscot County.  Another 26 cases COVID-19 have also been reported, bringing the number of cases diagnosed since the pandemic's onset to 3,486.

The Maine CDC released the new figures Thursday morning.

In Cumberland County, the case count increased by 15, and in Androscoggin County by three. The remainder of the new cases were scattered around the state's 13 other counties, except for one of unknown origin. The number of cases in Androscoggin County was reduced by one to 557. The reason for that is not clear, though the state has reassigned cases in the past after discovering new information.

A total of 2,901 Mainers infected with the virus have recovered, 45 more than Wednesday. That leaves 474 active cases, 20 fewer than Wednesday.

On Wednesday, Gov. Janet Mills renewed the Civil State of Emergency for 30 days. She also issued an order requiring large retailers, lodging businesses. restaurants and bars to enforce a face mask mandate in coastal counties from York through Hancock and in Maine's largest cities.

The Maine CDC's next briefing on the coronavirus is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14. The agency announced yesterday that, going forward, it will provide media briefings only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Patty Wight contributed to this report.

Updated 10: 31 a.m. July 9, 2020.

Barbara grew up in Biddeford, Maine. She earned a master’s in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s in English from the University of Southern Maine.