Maine reported 59 new COVID-19 cases, the largest one-day spike since May

Maine reported 59 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the largest one-day spike in new cases since May.

Most of the new cases were reported in York, Cumberland and Androskogin counties, with 16 in York, 15 in Cumberland and 14 in Androskogin. No additional deaths were reported.

The seven-day daily average of new cases was at 33, Sept. 23 compared to 36.1.

Pedestrians pass each other on Oak Street in downtown Portland on Monday. Brianna Souckup / Staff Photographer

Last Maine Sept. More than 50 cases were reported in a single day on May 2, and the last time the number of daily cases on Wednesday exceeded May 22, when 65 cases were reported. The biggest one-day spike in the daily There were 78 new cases, which happened on 19 May.

The net new cases on Wednesday – while considering the potential cases of the previous days which later turned out to be negative – were 54, according to the Maine CDC.

More schools are reporting outbreaks, including 18 cases at Sanford High School and Sanford Regional Technical Center. Last week, the Maine CDC conducted a site test of all students and staff at the 1,000-student high school.

A new outbreak and individual COVID-19 cases have also been reported in some school districts in the past week. Recent school cases include Freeport Middle and High Schools, Massabasic Middle School, Mountain Valley High School in Ramford, Yarmouth Schools, Maranakuk Community Middle School in Canberra County and others.

U.S. Department of Disease Control and Prevention The incidence of COVID-19 among school-age children increased in early September, as many young people returned to classrooms, the centers said Monday. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children now account for 10 percent of all cases, up from 2 percent in April.

A shipment of 26,000 antigen tests from Abbott Laboratories will arrive in Maine soon, possibly in the coming weeks, Dr. Nirav Shah, Director, Maine CDC, said in a media briefing on Tuesday.

Shah said the U.S. CDC It pointed out that, for Abbott tests, “the main use should be in schools and in those cases.”

He said the state is working on a plan to expedite the distribution of tests in school districts.

The Illinois-based company, which has a lab and manufacturing plant in Scarborough and a manufacturing plant in Westbrook, signed a 7 50,750 million contract with the federal government in Nation Gust, for which 150 million tests will be conducted nationwide. These tests cost every 5 d cost and can bring results with a less invasive nasal swab in 15 minutes.

Maine’s testing capacity continues to expand, with 432 tests given per 100,000 population, compared to about 250 tests per 100,000 population at the end of August. Maine has increased its testing capacity by adding 27 statewide “swab and sand” sites, where people can get tests without a doctor’s note and usually get results within 48 hours.

There were 13 patients across the state admitted to the current hospital on Wednesday, including seven patients in intensive care.

This story will be updated.