BREAKING: Maine CDC announces second and third deaths from COVID-19

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AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI) - Maine CDC now reports two additional deaths in the state due to Covid-19.

There is now a total of three deaths in the state.

The two victims were a woman in her 80's in Cumberland County, and a man in his 60's also from Cumberland County.

Governor Janet Mills announced Sunday the man was a longtime employee of the Maine Department of Transportation.

"Our entire MaineDOT family mourns this tragic loss," MaineDOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note said . "Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague's family and friends, and we remain forever grateful for his service to the State of Maine."

“Those who serve the people of Maine in State government are not only dedicated public servants, they are family. Today, I am saddened to say that we have lost a member of that family,” said Governor Mills. “I am grateful for his years of service to our State, and, on behalf of the people of Maine, I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends and loved ones, as well as our faithful employees at the Maine Department of Transportation and throughout State government during this difficult time. Please know that we share in your grief, and we support you.”

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state has increased to 253.

There were 211 cases reported Saturday.

The Maine CDC said 41 people have recovered from the virus.

Maine CDC Director Nirav Shah called the increase concerning.

Shah said the increase in cases is likely a result of increased testing and community transmission.

Cumberland County has the most cases of the virus, with 142. York County has the second most at 47 cases, according to the Maine CDC coronavirus website.

There is evidence of community transmission in both counties, Shah said.

Shah said Saturday that three-dozen health care workers are among those who have tested positive for the virus. Shah said this underscores the risks facing Maine's health care workers.

The state reported its first coronavirus-related death on Friday.

The individual was a man in his 80s from Cumberland County who had underlying medical conditions.