AUGUSTA – The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention has released new information on the coronavirus situation in Maine.
As of late Friday morning, there were 432 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the state, up 56 from Thursday marking the largest one day increase in Maine since the pandemic started, Maine CDC Director Nariv Shah said during his daily COVID-19 update.
As of Friday’s briefing, two more Mainers had died from the illness, bringing to total to nine, Shah said. However, 113 people had recovered, he said.
Aroostook and Washington counties now have one confirmed case each, Shah said.
Piscataquis is the only remaining Maine county without a confirmed case.
Despite that, Shah said it is important to keep up with preventive measures while also keeping up hope.
“We are in control even though it may not feel that way. We are the ones who are writing the script right now. We are the ones who can control the arc of the story by doing things, physically distancing ourselves,” he said.
“Like washing our hands. Like covering our coughs and making sure we all stay healthy. We all, of us in Maine, get to write the next chapter and we get to write the ending ourselves,” he said.
In another development, Washington and Aroostook counties have seen their first confirmed cases, leaving Piscataquis County the only one without a confirmed case of COVID-19.