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June 19 evening update: The latest on the coronavirus and Maine – Bangor Daily News

Mariah Findlay (left) and Daria Kerkhoff study a large bug on the window at Mt. Desert Ice Cream on Exchange Street in Portland on Thursday where the pair were serving curbside cones and dishes. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

Another 35 coronavirus cases have been detected in Maine, health officials said Friday.

There have now been 2,913 cases across all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 2,878 on Thursday.

Of those, 2,586 have been confirmed positive, while 327 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.

No new deaths were reported Friday, leaving the statewide death toll at 102. Only two deaths have been reported so far this week.

So far, 328 Mainers have been hospitalized at some point with COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus. Of those, 26 people are currently hospitalized, with 11 in critical care and five on ventilators.

Meanwhile, 23 more people have recovered from the virus, bringing the total recoveries to 2,323. That means there are 488 active and likely cases in the state, up from 476 on Thursday, according to the Maine CDC.

Here’s the latest on the coronavirus and its impact on Maine.

—“Two Dover-Foxcroft nonprofits that have been closed since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic — the Center Theatre and Piscataquis County Ice Arena — are bringing drive-in movies to the Piscataquis County seat beginning this Friday and Saturday with the showing of the 2019 film “Wonder Woman.” — Ernie Clark, BDN

—“The number of deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. has fallen in recent weeks to the lowest level since late March, even as states increasingly reopen for business. But scientists are deeply afraid the trend may be about to reverse itself.” — The Associated Press

—“Health and social services officials told Maine lawmakers on Friday that the coronavirus has caused urgent financial problems as they asked for a share of roughly $1 billion in federal stimulus money to recover from the pandemic.” — Michael Shepherd, BDN

—“In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy’s top officer said Friday.” — The Associated Press

—“Homebound travelers desperate to venture out for the first time since the pandemic are confronting a vacation landscape this summer that may require coronavirus tests for the family and even quarantines. States from Maine to Hawaii are trying to strike a balance between containing the new coronavirus and encouraging out-of-state visitors to spend their cash on hotels, restaurants and other businesses.” — The Associated Press

— As of Friday evening, the coronavirus has sickened 2,215,587 people in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as caused 118,991 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

— Elsewhere in New England, there have been 7,800 coronavirus deaths in Massachusetts, 4,238 in Connecticut, 894 in Rhode Island, 331 in New Hampshire and 56 in Vermont.


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