Maine health officials reported 23 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, more than half of them in York County, but no further deaths.
The state Center for Disease Control & Prevention is currently monitoring 4,734 confirmed or probable cases since the coronavirus pandemic, including 134 deaths.
The 7-day average number of daily cases on Wednesday was 25.1, down slightly from the 7-day average of 29.7 on September 3. However, cases have continued to rise since falling the average of 13.1 cases on August 12, the lowest since the first days of the pandemic in mid to late March.
Of the 23 new cases on Wednesday, 14 were in York County, addressing several active explosions called by the Maine CDC director Dr. Nirav Shah “deeply concerned,” on Tuesday. The state reported two new explosions at private social clubs in Sanford, added to outbreaks at York County Jail in Alfred, Calvary Baptist Church in Sanford, Seal Rock Health Care nursing home in Saco and the Sanford Fire Department .
The prison outbreak was directly linked to a wedding on Aug. 7 and reception in the Millinocket area connected to 158 cases and three deaths across the state until Tuesday. A prison employee attended that wedding.
Today, 80 percent of all Maine cases are in either the counties of Cumberland, York or Androscoggin, with 78 percent of all hospitalized and 71 percent of deaths.
The number of active cases across the state dropped to 465 on Wednesday, 28 less than a day earlier.
The number of surgeries remains low in Maine as well. As of Wednesday, only nine people had been hospitalized, although seven were in critical condition. Since March, 429 people have been hospitalized at some point.
The state increased test capability by more than 100 percent in the previous month, to 362 tests per 100,000 people. That is higher than the national average of 224 per 100,000.
This story will be updated.
On this date in Maine history: September 9th