July 5 update: The latest on coronavirus and Maine

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Another two Mainers have died as 18 cases of the new coronavirus have been detected in Maine, health officials said Sunday.

There have now been 3,415 cases across all of Maine’s counties since the outbreak began here in March, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s up from 3,397 on Saturday.

Of those, 3,028 have been confirmed positive, while 387 are likely positive, according to the Maine CDC.

New cases were tallied in Lincoln (1), Piscataquis (1), Androscoggin (2), Cumberland (12), Penobscot (2) and York (1) counties.

The statewide death toll now stands at 109.

Here’s a roundup of the latest news on the coronavirus and its impact in Maine:

— “The United States has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging coronavirus outbreak.” — Tamara Lush, Kim Chandler and Kathleen Foody, The Associated Press

— “The Boston Red Sox confirmed on Saturday that at least two players have tested positive for the coronavirus. Lefties Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Herandnez have both tested positive and are currently quarantining away from the team.” — Jason Mastrodonato, Boston Herald

— “School districts across America are in the midst of making wrenching decisions over how to resume classes in settings radically altered by the coronavirus pandemic, with school buses running below capacity, virtual learning, outdoor classrooms and quarantine protocols for infected children the new norm.” — Patrick Whittle and Carolyn Thompson, The Associated Press

— “Camp Winnebago was founded during the Spanish Flu and weathered all manner of health scares from polio to the swine flu over a century. It wasn’t about to let the coronavirus stop the fun. But things will be different this summer at this camp and others that buck the trend and welcome children.” — David Sharp, The Associated Press


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