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Maine CDC: 89 positive cases of coronavirus now in the state

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Published: Mar. 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT
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The number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Maine jumped to 89 on Sunday, up from 70 on Saturday, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

53 of those cases are in Cumberland County. Two Cumberland County residents have recovered, joining one patient in Androscoggin County.

Eight individuals are hospitalized.

There are also eight cases unknown. That means that the Maine CDC has not been in touch with those individuals as of late.

As of Saturday, 2,264 tests have come back negative.

During a phone conference Sunday, Dr. Nirav Shah addressed the need for more personal protective equipment.

He says the Maine CDC plans to distribute 22,000 pieces of medical equipment to healthcare workers around the state Monday.

Items include N-95 masks, face shields, and gloves, among other things.

We're told FEMA will also issue be distributing equipment.

No word on when that will be delivered to Maine.

On Friday, Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah commended Mainers for their continued efforts to socially distance themselves, but also noted that when he asks people to be socially distant, he really means "physically distant."

"Now is the time to begin preparing for any potential cases of COVD-19 given that we do expect there to be more cases, both in number as well as in geography," said Shah.

Shah is urging everyone to stay in touch with friends and family.

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The CDC says symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

The CDC says there are steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses such as influenza and the common cold:

- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer

- Avoid close contact with people who are sick

- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands

- Stay home while you're sick and avoid close contact with others

Currently there is no vaccine available to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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