Real-time Maine coronavirus updates: Tuesday, August 18 – WCSH-WLBZ

18August 2020

Discover advancements on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we collaborate to different realities from fear. Tuesday, August 18, 2020.


CORONAVIRUS TRUTHS TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 The Maine CDC reported absolutely no extra deaths of people with COVID-19, implying

the state death overall stays at 127. Of the 4,213 overall COVID-19 cases in Maine, 3,781 are validated by test and 432 are likely.

401 Mainers have been hospitalized eventually during their COVID-19 illness.

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“> 3,649 Mainers have actually recuperated from COVID-19.

Maine is presently conducting about 195 tests per every 100,000 individuals in the state.

According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Shah, Maine’s 7-day positivity rate stands at about 0.75 percent. The nationwide 7-day positivity rate has to do with 7 percent.

Outbreak Updates Dr. Shah maintained there are 24 cases stemming from a wedding party at Huge Moose Inn in Millinocket, although Millinocket Regional Hospital CEO Dr. Robert Peterson stated Monday there are at least 28 cases coming from the reception.

“What( the health center is) reporting is the overall number of individuals who are favorable, what we’re reporting is the number that are associated with the outbreak. As we learn more those numbers will likely converge,”Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Tuesday.

Dr. Shah stated Maine CDC is checking out whether there were other points of transmission beyond Big Moose Inn. “Right now we know there were cases associated with the Big Moose Inn however we’re attempting to get more granularity over what the specifics are,”Dr. Shah said. Dr. Shah stated it’s another suggestion that COVID-19 can exist anywhere and can spread out rapidly.

Maine CDC is now working to learn more precisely where people got infected, along with where they may have spread COVID-19. They are likewise checking out what preventative measures were taken by the venue and organizers, such as whether guests’temperature levels were taken, distance in between tables, etc.
Maine CDC is likewise searching for

patterns, such as whether or not the people who tested favorable were clustered in one part of the venue compared to those who did not test favorable.

“It’s going to take some time to ensure we get all of this right rather than rush to judgement and say’ Aha! We have found out precisely what took place,'” Dr. Shah stated.”

In order to understand exactly what happened, we have actually got to ensure we take a look under each and every single rock and stone, which’s what’s underway right now.”

Maine CDC continues to carry out case examinations and contact tracing for guests, personnel, and individuals who potentially was available in close contact with confirmed cases during and after the event.

A break out is defined as three or more cases that are epidemiologically linked.

There are a total of 13 cases at Hancock Foods in Hancock. There are an overall of 13 cases at Merrill Blueberry Farms in Ellsworth. At Wyman’s Farm in Milbridge, there are an overall of seven cases. Dr. Shah stated Maine CDC is releasing individuals from quarantine as they are done (about 2 week

after last contact with confirmed case)

, so they can return to work. MONDAY, AUGUST 17 The Maine CDC reports an extra 29 COVID-19 cases Monday for an overall of 4,197 COVID-19 cases. Of those, 3,767 are

confirmed and 430 are likely.

No additional deaths were reported on Monday,

leaving the overall at 127. 3,638 Mainers have recovered. THE DATA Dr. Nirav Shah made clear that when the Maine CDC reports deaths, they are reporting that somebody has actually died who had been confirmed favorable with COVID-19, not the cause of death specifically. The cause of death determination is left to the medical examiner. According to Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah, as of a couple of days ago, there were approximately 2,900 Mainers evaluated every week. This includes individuals tested through the state lab in Augusta, in addition to large commercial screening business like LabCorp. Dr. Shah stated right now, the positivity rate is over 5%, suggesting for each 100 individuals tested, about 5 or 6 are positive. Compared to other states, whose positivity rates are 10 or 15%, Maine is doing better, Dr. Shah states. He states he ‘d like to see Maine’s positivity rate around 2%, which is what South Korea’s is. To do that, Dr. Shah states screening must increase two or three-fold.


Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background

The official name for the coronavirus is”SARS-CoV-2″and the illness it causes is called”coronavirus disease 2019 “or “COVID-19″for short. Coronavirus is a household of viruses, which can infect people and animals.

The infections can trigger the cold or more severe illness like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC says symptoms of the coronavirus consist of fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in many cases aching throat. The CDC states there are basic steps to take to decrease the possible spread of COVID-19: Wash your hands typically with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or utilize alcohol-based hand sanitizer

  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are ill
  • Prevent touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Stay at home while you’re sick and avoid close contact with others
  • The Maine Centers for Illness Control (CDC) revealed on Tuesday, March 10 that they would be holding everyday coronavirus instructions with director Dr. Nirav Shah to keep the general public approximately date on the situation in Maine

  • NEWS CENTER Maine YouTube COVID-19 Playlist


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