PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine topped 100 new coronavirus cases in a 24-hour period for the first time sine the start of the pandemic, setting a single-day record, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported Friday.
The 103 cases, reported Friday, followed several days of growing numbers and increasingly dire warnings from public health officials.
“Take action now. For your sake, and for the sake of your family and community, wear a mask and stay apart. This is serious,” Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Maine CDC, tweeted Friday.
The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Maine has risen over the past two weeks from 30.6 on Oct. 16 to to 70.4 on Oct. 30. The seven-day has roughly doubled from two weeks ago 0.83%.
With the new numbers, the state has had a total of 6,570 coronavirus cases while the number of deaths remained unchanged at 146.
Because of new outbreaks, Somerset and Washington counties joined Waldo County with a “yellow” designation when it comes to school safety during the pandemic. All other counties were green.
A yellow designation means there’s an elevated risk for the virus and the department recommends a “hybrid” form of learning.
Schools may consider additional precautions like limiting numbers of people in school buildings, suspending extracurricular activities, and other measures based on the unique needs of each school community.
In other pandemic-related news:
The venue for Donald Trump Jr.'s latest visit had to be changed at the last minute after the Maine Department of Health and Human Services warned that it must follow the state's guidelines limiting the size of gatherings during the pandemic.
In the end, the president's son and his supporters sought refuge Thursday evening at a church that previously sued over the state's coronavirus restrictions.
At Calvary Chapel in Orrington, 250 distanced chairs were set up and temperature checks were required, organizers said, but there was a standing room option. Masks were handed out at the door but were not mandatory.
Organizers said 500 people attended. That violated Maine's limit of 100 people at indoor gatherings.
The appearance came less than a week after an even larger crowd turned out for a visit by President Donald Trump at an apple orchard.
Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine, voiced regrets about hosting an event of that size during a pandemic. The family thought it was going to be a small event, not the large one that it became.
MEDICAL PRODUCT LAWSUIT
A Maine company facing criminal charges over failed delivery of medical supplies during the pandemic is now facing a lawsuit, as well.
The lawsuit filed in Florida by Lezer Corp. says Noble Partners LLC, doing business as Noble Medical Supply, failed to deliver a million antiseptic wipes and didn’t return a $108,000 deposit, the Portland Press Herald reported.
An attorney for Lezer Corp, a medical supply company, contends Noble is in default because the company never responded to the lawsuit.
Noble is led by Sean C. Grady, who was facing charges of securities fraud, theft by deception and selling securities without a license when his company started taking orders for N95 masks and other items in critically short supply in the early days of the pandemic.
Jeffrey Bennett, a lawyer for Noble, said Noble and Grady hadn't received proper notice of the lawsuit.
Lezer Corp. lost its claim to a deposit by double-crossing Noble and dealing directly with Noble's supplier, he said.