Twenty deaths, 219 brand-new cases reported as coronavirus raves across Maine – Press Herald

1December 2020

Maine reported 20 brand-new deaths brought on by COVID-19 on Tuesday, surpassing the previous high for one day partially since the total consisted of deaths that took place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend however weren’t reported.

There have now been 214 deaths in Maine. The previous high for a one-day increase was 12 deaths on Nov. 24.

Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine Center for Illness Control and Avoidance, stated in a tweet that Tuesday is a “difficult day” for Maine.

“I ‘d like to use our inmost condolences to the households, good friends, and communities of each of these individuals. Their losses are shared by all of us as a state,” Shah said.

Gov. Janet Mills likewise revealed Tuesday that she will quarantine at the Blaine Home till Dec. 12 due to the fact that she was possibly exposed to COVID-19 by a member of her security detail.

The governor said she was not showing any symptoms and will continue to meet her duties, staying in touch with her staff and Cabinet practically.

Half of the recently reported deaths occurred in Androscoggin County. Three deaths were reported in both Penobscot and York counties, and one death each in Washington, Piscataquis, Oxford, Kennebec and Knox counties. There were no brand-new deaths in Cumberland County, the Maine CDC stated.

Robert Long, the firm’s spokesman, stated the 20 deaths did not take place in one day but had happened since Nov. 16. Long stated over the long weekend, there were hold-ups at the same time the Maine CDC uses to verify that deaths are brought on by COVID-19. Those hold-ups prevented the agency from logging some of the deaths from the holiday weekend in the authorities records until Tuesday. The majority of the deaths happened between Nov. 24-30, with one death visited Nov. 16 that was not confirmed until Tuesday.

Dr. David Seder, who treats some of Maine’ most critically ill COVID-19 clients at Maine Medical Center in Portland, said in an interview Tuesday to expect a “difficult winter season.” Despite the fact that treatments have actually improved, and patients are more likely to endure the disease when compared to the spring, COVID-19 is still a harmful and fatal disease.

Seder stated about 30 percent of clients who end up in intensive care at Maine Medication will die of COVID-19. He stated it’s not only challenging for clients and families, but also doctors and nurses to see many individuals take their last breaths.

“Some clients with coronavirus look me in the eye and they understand this is the start of the end,” Seder said, as he explained the procedure of putting clients who can’t breathe by themselves on mechanical ventilators. “I provide sedative drugs, it puts them to sleep, they go on life support and some go on to die.”

Conversations between patients and healthcare workers are hard due to the fact that medical professionals and nurses are dressed in protective equipment and can’t communicate too.

“They feel lonesome and detached from the world,” Seder said of his patients.

The rise in deaths comes as public health experts plead with the public to take precautions– such as using masks, keeping social range and preventing events– to curtail transmission of the infection while waiting on vaccines to end up being widely offered.

If two vaccine candidates are approved by the FDA in the coming weeks, the first delivery of vaccines would be expected to get here by mid-December. Maine’s initial delivery might be about 12,000 doses– with much bigger quantities of vaccines rolled out in 2021. The U.S. CDC reported on Tuesday that many healthcare workers in the country will have the ability to get very first doses of the vaccine within three weeks of the very first circulation. Still, the vaccine is not expected to be prevalent up until spring at the earliest.

Eight of the 10 deaths in Androscoggin County are linked to break outs at long-term care centers, including 6 to Clover Healthcare in Auburn and 2 to Russell Park Rehab & & Living Center in Lewiston, the Maine CDC said.

Clover Health Care has actually reported 112 COVID-19 cases involving 40 personnel and 72 citizens. The center utilizes 250 people and is licensed for 259 homeowners, however is operating listed below capability, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The break out has actually been largely focused in the nursing home section.

“Our staff members are incredible. They keep coming in. They’re true heroes,” said Sarah O’Sullivan, Clover Healthcare corporate representative.

She stated Clover has actually partnered with its sister centers (owned by the very same corporation) to generate required personnel.

Amongst the 20 deaths reported Tuesday were 15 males and 5 women, with one person in their 60s, 6 in their 70s, nine in their 80s and four in their 90s.

Androscoggin County has the highest rate of active cases per 10,000 population in Maine, with 38.5, followed by 25.8 in Franklin County. York County has 19.6 cases per 10,000 population, Penobscot County’s rate is 18.7, followed by 17.7 in Cumberland County. The most affordable rate is 6.9 per 10,000 population in Aroostook County.

Also on Tuesday, the state reported 219 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a trend in which the everyday brand-new case count has actually frequently surpassed 200 since the pandemic deepened in November.

Public health professionals have actually alerted that the fall rise in cases will likewise result in more hospitalizations and deaths. On Tuesday, 138 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Maine, consisting of 46 in crucial care and 19 on a ventilator, Shah stated in a tweet.

Maine’s seven-day average of daily new cases was 168.9, compared to 207.3 a week ago and 73.6 a month earlier.

Likewise on Tuesday, the Maine Department of Health and Person Providers closed its Sanford office after one employee evaluated positive for COVID-19. The office will reopen as soon as possible, according to a news release.

St. Joseph’s College Director of health and health Sheri Piers administers a COVID-19 test to a student on Thursday, Nov. 19. Personnel picture by Brianna Soukup On Monday, Jeanne Lambrew, Maine’s health and human services commissioner, said the state is examining whether to continue a 9 p.m. curfew for the state’s hospitality market, consisting of restaurants, casinos, movie theaters and tasting spaces. The curfew started Nov. 20 and is set to expire Sunday.

Lambrew said the state is evaluating the efficiency of the curfew to figure out whether it must continue.

Lambrew likewise said that the state is discussing whether Maine’s winter high school sports, such as basketball, ice hockey, swimming and indoor track, can start practices Dec. 14 or whether the season ought to be postponed. She noted that other states, including New Jersey and Connecticut, have actually pushed off winter sports till January as virus cases aggravate.

Lambrew previously stated that state choices about high school sports also will use to neighborhood sports, such as AAU basketball, and youth and club ice hockey.

As the state grapples with rising cases, a restored effort is underway in Congress to pass a brand-new COVID-19 relief procedure. Maine’s U.S. senators, Republican politician Susan Collins and independent Angus King, belong to a bipartisan group of senators and representatives that announced a $908 billion proposal Tuesday morning. Congress passed COVID-19 relief in the spring, however the $1.25 billion Maine received under the CARES Act has been mostly dedicated.

Sun Journal Personnel Author Lindsay Tice added to this story.

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