Maine Now Has 7 Positive Coronavirus Cases And 5 Presumptive Positives

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Maine now has seven confirmed cases and five presumptive positive cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus.

The state Center for Disease Control says most of the presumptive cases are in Cumberland County. One is a male and the state’s first case under the age of 18 with a presumptive positive result.

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Others include a man in his 40s who is isolated at home, a woman in her 70s who is isolated in her home and a man in his 80s who resides at the senior living community Oceanview at Falmouth who is being treated at Maine Medical Center.

Oceanview residents and their families are being notified and the CDC has instructed the facility to check residents for symptoms.

In a statement, Oceanview says it’s asking all residents to self-quarantine for the next 14 days, is restricting visitors and is increasing the frequency of cleanings.

A health care worker in her 30s from Lincoln County has also tested presumptive positive and is isolated at home.

The Maine CDC says a case identified preliminary presumptive positive on Friday involving a 20-year-old woman is now reclassified as negative.

The state testing lab now has the authority to classify cases as confirmed, following a change in U.S. CDC protocol that no longer requires presumptive positive cases be sent to federal labs for verification. Tests run by nongovernment labs in Maine will be identified as presumptive positive until they’re confirmed by the state lab.

Gov. Janet Mills and state CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah are holding a Sunday evening press conference in light of the new cases of COVID-19 in Maine.