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Real-time coronavirus, COVID-19 updates: Wednesday, May 13

Find developments on the Maine coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak as we work together to separate facts from fear. Wednesday, May 13, 2020

MAINE, USA — EVERY NUMBER IS A LIFE: Celebrating the life of loved ones during the faceless anonymity of Maine coronavirus COVID fatalities. 

KEY MAINE CORONAVIRUS FACTS

WEDNESDAY MAY 13

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The additional death reported Wednesday was a woman in her 90s from Cumberland County. 

In total, there are 1,515 cases of COVID-19; 1,372 are confirmed and 143 are probable. Dr. Shah says 333 cases are among health care workers. 

In Maine, 28,257 have been tested for COVID-19. Dr. Shah says the Maine CDC will be shifting from reporting the number of people tested to the number of tests performed, which is more consistent with what other states are reporting. 

The cumulative number of tests that have been performed is 33,035.

The Maine National Guard has now fit-tested 546 individuals and still have 565 people who will be fit tested in the next couple of days. Dr. Shah explains that fit testing is a necessary prerequisite that health care workers must undergo before they can utilize an N-95 mask.

Dr. Shah says the have been informed that additional stock of the drug remdesivir will be delivered to Maine as soon as next week, though a specific date was not given.

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The Maine CDC is reporting one additional death, for a state total of 66. There are 1,372 confirmed positive cases and 143 probable cases; 943 have recovered.

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TUESDAY UPDATES

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Dr. Nirav Shah made clear that when the Maine CDC reports deaths, they are reporting that someone has died who had been confirmed positive 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 few days ago, there were roughly 2,900 Mainers tested each week. This includes people tested through the state lab in Augusta, as well as large commercial testing companies like LabCorp. Dr. Shah said right now, the positivity rate is over 5%, meaning for every 100 people tested, about 5 or 6 are positive. Compared to other states, whose positivity rates are 10 or 15%, Maine is doing better, Dr. Shah says. He says he'd like to see Maine's positivity rate around 2%, which is what South Korea's is. To do that, Dr. Shah says testing must increase two or three-fold.

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MAINE CDC BRIEFINGS

Coronavirus, COVID-19 Background 

The official name for the coronavirus is “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes is named “coronavirus disease 2019” or “COVID-19” for short. Coronavirus is a family of viruses, which can infect people and animals. The viruses can cause the common cold or more serious diseases like SARS, MERS, and COVID-19.

The CDC says symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and in some cases sore throat.

The CDC says there are simple steps to take to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19:

  • 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

The Maine Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on Tuesday, March 10 that they would be holding daily coronavirus briefings with director Dr. Nirav Shah to keep the public up to date on the situation in Maine. 

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