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The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday reported two deaths and 65 new cases of the novel coronavirus, as experts identify a concerning trend of rising daily totals that appears to predate increased testing and the lifting of pandemic restrictions.
The report raises totals to 77 deaths and 2,013 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, in Maine. Of those cases, 1,804 have been confirmed by testing and another 209 are considered “probable” cases of COVID-19.
The people who died are a woman in her 80s and a man in his 70s, both from Cumberland County, the CDC said.
Subtracting numbers of people who have recovered — 1,232 — and died, there were 704 active cases on Saturday.
Some parts of Maine, especially Cumberland and Androscoggin counties, have seen spikes in daily case rates that appear to predate the recent expansion of testing. The increase has CDC officials worried as the state moves toward reopening much of its economy, which has taken a serious hit as a result of pandemic control measures.
The pattern of infection has been different between the two counties. In Cumberland County, many new cases have been linked to outbreaks in congregate and long-term care facilities; on Thursday, the CDC reported 57 …
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