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Real-time Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 updates: 53 dead, 1,095 confirmed cases

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Thursday April 30, 2020




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The Maine CDC reported one additional death due to COVID-19, for a total of 53. The additional death announced Thursday was a woman in her 50s from Cumberland County.

There are now 1,095 confirmed cases, 631 recoveries, and 170 total hospitalizations in Maine. 

35 people in Maine are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 18 being treated in intensive care units and 8 on ventilators.

There are now a total of 10 confirmed cases at the Tyson food plant in Portland.

17 guests and 4 staff have tested positive at Hope House in Bangor.

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The Maine CDC has been working with social workers, counselors, and chaplains across the state to establish a Spiritual Care Response Team, which helps arrange spiritual guidance and counseling services to any health care worker in Maine who needs it.

The Maine CDC is also working with the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough to organize a memorial service to be held this summer to honor all men and women who have served, as well as everyone at the facility who has been personally affected by COVID-19.

Starting May 4, the Maine CDC will be receiving 15,000 saliva swabs per week. These swabs are a crucial part of coronavirus testing. The Maine CDC will also be receiving 11,200 viral transport media per week. Viral transport media is the gel that's used to transport swabs for testing and Maine CDC has been experiencing a shortage of it.

Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman spent time during Thursday's briefing to talk about the expanded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. People can begin applying Friday, May 1 at 8 a.m. 

If you are self-employed, you can now provide documentation of your earnings after you receive your initial benefits. Fortman said she made this decision to more quickly put money in the pockets of Maine’s self-employed.

More info on the program and the expanded eligibility can be found here: 

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Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background 

The official name for the coronavirus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19” for short. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can infect people and animals. The viruses can cause the common cold or more serious diseases like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC says symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in some cases sore throat.

The CDC says there are simple steps to take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others

The Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday, March 10 that they would be holding daily coronavirus briefings with director Dr. Nirav Shah to keep the public up to date on the situation in Maine. 

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