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Coronavirus Cases In Maine Soar Over Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day weekend is usually a time that people would get a break under normal circumstances. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, most have technically been on vacation with most advised to stay indoors and not go around. Unfortunately, there are places like long-term facilities that are under the radar. Most know that elders are at high risk of the coronavirus and the numbers shot up last weekend.

WGME reported 35 new cases in Maine and one death, with most of the hospitalizations coming from Cumberland County. The new cases shot up their number of cases from the 30s to the 60s with 26 now hospitalized and 13 on ventilators. CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said that most of the new patients come from the Cape Memory Care in Cape Elizabeth.

The 47 of the residents together with 20 staff members at the facility tested positive for COVID-19. One person died as well. Shah pointed out that the rise in hospitalization is proof that the coronavirus is serious and must not be taken for granted.

"Given the number of individuals overall that have been affected at Cape Memory Care, it’s not surprising that eight or 10 of those have had to be transported to the hospital," Shah said.

However, recent development also provided a positive update. The 1,318 people in Maine recovered from the coronavirus, although questions remain on whether they could get reinfected.

Last week, Governor Janet Mills ordered the United States and Maine flags to be flown at half-staff through Sunday in memory of the state's coronavirus victims, NECN reported. This was done as well until Monday afternoon in honor of Memorial Day.

"Today, our state continues to do all we can to fight the ravages of this silent deadly virus, but let us also pause to remember those we have lost. I hope all Maine people will join me in not only offering our deepest sympathies to their families, friends, and communities but also in recommitting ourselves to doing everything we can as individuals and as a state to save others," Gov. Mills said.

Before Memorial Day weekend, warnings were already issued on locals who plan to hold their traditions and celebrations. Most were urged to continue observing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to prevent a possible surge in cases outdoors. Some improvised, opting either to cancel or modify the way they celebrated Memorial Day. This year's Memorial Day celebration is different but a must to avoid getting the COVID-19 disease, the New York Times reported.

Memorial Day National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Elvert Barnes, Creative Common

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