Real-time Maine coronavirus updates: Saturday, August 15 – WCSH-WLBZ

15August 2020

The Maine CDC reported one additional individual in Maine has passed away with COVID-19, bringing the state total to 127. There are 4,144 total cases, 3,726 of which are verified.

The extra death reported today is a guy in his 90s from Androscoggin County.

An overall of 3,616 individuals have recuperated.

The Maine CDC reported no additional deaths of individuals with COVID-19 on Friday, suggesting the state death total remains at 126.

Of the 4,115 total COVID-19 cases in Maine, 3,697 are confirmed by test and 418 are likely.

399 Mainers have been hospitalized eventually throughout their COVID-19 disease.

3,604 Mainers have actually recovered from COVID-19.

Dr. Nirav Shah made clear that when the Maine CDC reports deaths, they are reporting that somebody has died who had actually been validated favorable with COVID-19, not the cause of death particularly. The cause of death decision is delegated the medical inspector. According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, as of a couple of days earlier, there were roughly 2,900 Mainers checked weekly. This consists of individuals evaluated through the state lab in Augusta, as well as big commercial screening business like LabCorp. Dr. Shah stated right now, the positivity rate is over 5%, implying 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 says. He states he wants to see Maine’s positivity rate around 2%, which is what South Korea’s is. To do that, Dr. Shah says screening must increase two or three-fold.

Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background

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

The CDC says signs of the coronavirus consist of fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in many cases sore throat.

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

NEWS CENTER Maine YouTube COVID-19 Playlist


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