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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday reported 236 cases of the novel coronavirus and two more deaths, pushing totals ever higher as the holidays approach.
Public health experts are urging Americans to cancel or limit their holiday plans, but about 2.2 million New Englanders are expected to travel for Thanksgiving this year, according to a forecast by AAA Northern New England. That’s still down about 9 percent from last year’s holiday travel, the largest such decrease since the 2008 recession.
Maine’s cumulative cases rose to 10,359 on Sunday, of which 9,294 have been confirmed by testing and 1,065 are considered probable cases of COVID-19.
One hundred seventy-six people have died with COVID-19 in Maine, and 7,791 have recovered from the disease. Maine had 2,392 active cases on Sunday.
Information about the two people reported Sunday to have died wasn’t yet available from the CDC.
The sharply rising numbers pushed Maine to a new peak on Sunday, with a seven-day daily case average of 204.6. A nationwide surge in COVID-19 cases has finally hit Maine, which enjoyed low case counts through the summer, and public health experts here are asking residents to wear masks and physically distance themselves from others.
Mainers need to …
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