The Maine Center for Disease Control reported 23 new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths Tuesday afternoon, bringing the statewide case count to 2,994 as the death toll remained at 102.
Cumberland and York counties reported the majority of new cases, with 12 cases and six cases, respectively, officials said. Cumberland has reported the highest case tally of the state’s counties with 1,554, followed by York with 472 and Androscoggin with 454.
The uptick in cases comes a day after Governor Janet Mills announced that indoor bar service will be postponed until further notice, the administration said. State officials cited recent outbreaks stemming from the reopening of bars in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, and Idaho as reasons for the postponement.
“This was a difficult but necessary decision given the increased public health risk and the outbreaks we have seen across the country associated with indoor service,” Mills said in a statement. “While we believe this is the most prudent step to protect the health and safety of Maine people, we recognize that it will frustrate some businesses and patrons.”
Tuesday marks the sixth day in a row the state hasn’t reported a virus-related death. Three deaths have been reported within the last two weeks in Maine.
Cumberland County has reported the most virus-related deaths of all the counties, with 58, officials said. Waldo County trails with 14 deaths, followed by York with 11 deaths, Kennebec with nine, Androscoggin with four, and Penobscot with two. Knox, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock have each reported one death.
As of Tuesday, 81,707 coronavirus tests have been administered across the state, officials said.
Three more people were hospitalized, as the state’s total hospitalizations rose to 339 people, officials said. Currently, 24 people are hospitalized, with 12 in critical care and six on ventilators.
Another 37 people have recovered since contracting the virus, officials said. A total of 2,433 people have recovered in the state.
There are 140 ICU beds and 254 ventilators available for use in Maine, officials said.
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