Real-time Maine coronavirus updates: Monday, August 10 – WCSH-WLBZ

10August 2020

The Maine CDC reported zero extra deaths of people with COVID-19, indicating the state death total remains at 125.

Of the 4,049 total COVID-19 cases in Maine, 3,641 are confirmed by test and 408 are probable.

393 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point during their COVID-19 disease.

3,537 Mainers have recovered from COVID-19.

August 10, 2020 Dr. Nirav Shah explained that when the Maine CDC reports deaths, they are reporting that somebody has died who had been verified positive with COVID-19, not the cause of death particularly. The cause of death decision is left to the medical inspector. According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, since a couple of days earlier, there were approximately 2,900 Mainers checked every week. This includes individuals checked through the state lab in Augusta, along with big business testing business like LabCorp. Dr. Shah stated right now, the positivity rate is over 5%, suggesting for every 100 individuals checked, about 5 or 6 are favorable. Compared to other states, whose positivity rates are 10 or 15%, Maine is doing better, Dr. Shah states. He says he wishes to see Maine’s positivity rate around 2%, which is what South Korea’s is. To do that, Dr. Shah states testing must increase two or three-fold.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background

The official name for the coronavirus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the illness it triggers is named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19” for brief. Coronavirus is a household of infections, which can infect individuals and animals. The viruses can cause the common cold or more major diseases like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC states signs of the coronavirus consist of fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and sometimes aching throat.

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

NEWS CENTER Maine YouTube COVID-19 Playlist


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