Maine Now Has 17 Positive Coronavirus Cases And More Expected, Says Maine CDC Director

Mar 16, 2020

The director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, Dr. Nirav Shah, says an additional five cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the state, bringing the total number of confirmed and presumptive cases to 17.

"We have one case in Androscoggin county, two cases in Lincoln county, one case in Knox County and 13 cases in Cumberland county," Shah said at a news conference Monday morning in Augusta. Two of the patients are hospitalized, he said, while the others are in isolation at home.


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Shah said the CDC expects the number of cases to increase.  As of Sunday night, more than 100 other people in Maine are either in quarantine or self-isolation because of the coronavirus, Shah said.


Shah said some of the confirmed cases in Cumberland County appear to be the result of community transmission, and he expects more such cases in other Maine counties where the disease has shown up.

This story will be updated.