Maine has posted more than 50 new coronavirus cases on back-to-back days for the first time since May.
The state’s total number of reported cases of coronavirus has increased by 58, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday. The state reported 59 new cases on Sunday.
The last time the state had consecutive case counts of more than 50 was May 21 and 22. The state topped 60 reported cases on both of those days.
This week’s increase in cases comes as the state is seeking to squelch an outbreak based around a church in the Waldo County town of Brooks. State education officials have advised more caution in schools in Waldo as a result of the outbreak, which has sickened dozens.
The new cases reported on Monday bring the total reported coronavirus cases in Maine to 6,254, while the number of deaths remained at 146, Maine CDC said.
The seven-day moving average of daily cases was about 45 on Monday. A week ago it was about 32.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.