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Another Mainer dies as 29 new coronavirus cases are reported
A nurse holds swabs and test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- One new coronavirus-related deaths was reported in Maine on Friday. The death toll stands at 145.

The additional death is a woman in her 70s from York County.

There have been 5,865 coronavirus cases reported in Maine as of Friday. The Maine CDC says 5,243 of those cases are confirmed and 622 are probable. On Thursday, the Maine CDC reported 5,836 total coronavirus cases.

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The Maine CDC says 466 people have been hospitalized at some point during their illness and 5,099 people have recovered.

The highest amount of coronavirus cases are in Cumberland County with 2,403, York County with 1,299, and Androscoggin County with 830. Coronavirus cases have been reported in all of Maine's 16 counties.

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Maine moved into Stage 4 of the state's reopening plan on October 13. Restaurants can expand indoor seating capacity to 50 percent--or 100 people-- whichever option allows fewer people inside. Tasting rooms and bars will be allowed to start indoor seating service on November 2.

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Governor Janet Mills has extended the state of civil emergency for 30 days through October 29. The state of civil emergency allows Maine to draw down federal resources and to deploy all available tools to respond to and contain COVID-19.

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Maine recorded its first case of COVID-19 on March 12. The first coronavirus-related death in the state was reported on March 27, which was a man in his 80s from Cumberland County.

COVID-19 causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people. However, for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

The Maine CDC stresses that if you have symptoms of coronavirus to call your doctor before showing up so that they can plan accordingly.

The Maine CDC and 211 Maine have launched a new option for Mainers to get answers to questions about COVID-19 at any time. This service is available by dialing 211 (or 1-866-811-5695), texting your ZIP code to 898-211, or emailing info@211maine.org.

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The CDC is offering these steps to protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Face coverings in public are recommended
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

CLICK HERE for more information about coronavirus from the Maine CDC.

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