AUGUSTA — The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting 19 total confirmed or probable cases among Hancock County residents of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began. According to data updated Thursday at midnight, three of those cases are currently active.
Between June 19 and July 10, the CDC confirmed 30 new cases of COVID-19 in people who are or were physically in Maine but whose permanent residence is elsewhere, CDC spokesman Robert Long said Tuesday. In the same time period, the state reported a total of 591 new cases among residents.
“This is not the same as, say, counting a ballot; it’s not a direct one for one,” CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said in a media briefing Tuesday, noting that some of the “out of state” cases are New Hampshire residents who get their health care in Maine. The agency’s data on the number of people hospitalized does not distinguish between residents and nonresidents, he added.
“Because some people’s definition of their primary residence is fluid, that number is also fluid, as investigations often lead to changes in where cases are assigned,” CDC spokesman Robert Long said in an email.