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Maine CDC Reports 1 New Death, Additional 32 Cases Of COVID-19

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Women wear masks to help prevent the spread of coronavirus at the end of a beach day, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Ogunquit, Maine.

The Maine Center for Disease Control Saturday is reporting another death associated with COVID-19, a man in his 70s from Cumberland County. This brings the total number of deaths in the state to 130.

The state CDC is also reporting an additional 32 cases of COVID-19 in Maine. Thirty-one new cases reported Saturday. Some cases previously reported were reclassified, making a net increase of 32.

There are now 469 active cases of COVID-19 in Maine, according to the Maine CDC. Seven people with the disease are currently being hospitalized. One individual is in critical care.

On Friday, the Millinocket Regional Hospital said that a woman linked to an outbreak at a Millinocket area wedding had died after contracting COVID-19. The state CDC said in a statement Saturday that "because the notification process can sometimes take multiple days, the death is not currently reflected in the data."

Saturday the Maine CDC released a statement saying that the number of cases associated with the wedding increased to 53. The Center also said that investigators had identified secondary and tertiary transmission of the virus, meaning the virus spread to individuals who did not attend the wedding but who'd interacted with attendees. Cases associated with the outbreak have been identified in people ranging in age from 4 to 98-years-old.

The site of the wedding, the Big Moose Inn in Millinocket, has been issued an Imminent Health Hazard citation.

Updated 11:09 a.m. August 22, 2020.

Caitlin Troutman is the Digital News and Content Producer for Maine Public. Caitlin worked as a writer and editor for various publications before discovering her love for public media at KCUR in Kansas City. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Critical Theory from the Oxbridge Honors Program at William Jewell College and the University of Oxford. She joined Maine Public in 2018.