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Maine CDC Reports 1 Additional Death And 1 Additional Case of COVID-19

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Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine.

One additional case of COVID-19 and an additional death is being reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control Tuesday.

A woman in her 90s from York County was reported dead Tuesday. The total number of deaths in Maine related to the disease is 126.

The state CDC is reporting six new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday. Some cases previously categorized as positive were reclassified, making a net increase of one case.

There are 364 active cases in the state. Eight people with the disease are currently being hospitalized. Three of those individuals are in critical care and one is on a ventilator.

Nationally over the past four weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in children has increased by 90 percent. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children now represent about nine percent of all cases. The state CDC says Maine's numbers align with that average and has reported a total of 371 cases in children age-19 and younger, with more than 100 cases in July alone. But Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah says his agency is trying to determine whether those numbers represent an actual increase, "or a function of greater testing, or the fact that providers are now focused on children in different ways as children are getting ready to come back to school."

Shah says most cases in Maine children are found in those between ages 10 and 19.

The Mills administration announced the approval of the second round of funding as part of the Keep Maine Healthy plan. An additional $4 million will be distributed to Maine municipalities and tribal communities to aid in public education efforts, physical distancing measures and local business assistance. At a press briefing Tuesday, Maine Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew said that the money has supported “innovative responses on the front lines of this pandemic.” One of the proposed projects is a health education campaign in Bethel featuring a Masked Moose character who will visit schools and businesses.

Updated 2:50 p.m. Tuesday, August 11, 2020.