Watch Briefing: Maine CDC reports 43 new COVID-19 cases, including 18 in York County

A woman in Portland City walks down Congress Street Monday. Brianna Chowk / Employee Photographer

State health officials said there were 43 additional Govt-19 cases in Maine on Thursday, including 18 more in York County.

No additional deaths were reported among individuals infected with the corona virus.

In Maine, the seven-day average of new cases rose to 38 compared to 34.9 on Wednesday and 10 cases higher than the weekly average ending Sept. 17. State officials have expressed concern about the trend, especially in York County, where the government has been monitoring several explosions.

To date, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has detected 5,215 confirmed or COVID-19 cases since the corona virus was first detected in mid-March. At least 140 people have died from the virus, but 4,478 have recovered.

The Maine CDC filed 18 additional cases in York County on Wednesday. New eruptions have been reported this week at Sanford High School and the Sanford Regional Technology Center, the Sanford Wolves Club, the Hussey Seat Company in North Berwick and the Okunkit Beach Lobster House.

On Tuesday, the Sanford City Council voted to close municipal entertainment programs, parks, grounds and outdoor play facilities. City Entertainment officials said the new restrictions will remain in effect as long as Sanford High School is in all distance learning mode. High school switched to all online classes this week after the school and community erupted.

But despite the recent outbreaks, Maine continues to have the lowest per capita infection rates in the country.

The administration of Janet Mills announced Wednesday that residents of Massachusetts do not need to receive a negative COVID-19 test or isolation for 14 days.

Other states with similar exemptions are New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Dr. Neerav Shah, Director, Maine CDC, is expected to give an update on the Corona virus situation in Maine at 2 p.m.

This story will be updated.

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