The number of Maine people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 increased again Friday, April 3, reaching 432 since the outbreak began. This is up from 376 a day earlier.

Of those 432 cases, 113 people have recovered and nine have died from the new virus. This means there are 310 people who currently ill from the virus. That is an increase of 35 in one day.

Seventy-five people across the state have been hospitalized since the outbreak began a few weeks ago.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Friday he understands that the virus outbreak has left people disoriented and feels like people are living in a science fiction book. But he offered some reassurance.

"We are writing the story. We get to write the next chapter. We get to write the ending," Dr. Shah said, referring to following the recommended safety practices — physical distancing, washing hands, and covering coughs and sneezes.

Nine Knox County residents had been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of Friday. This was up from five on Wednesday, April 1.

Two of those nine people have recovered.

The CDC statistics do not include seasonal residents or visitors who may have been diagnosed in Knox County. CDCs across the country classify patients based on their permanent home residence.

Dr. Shah has repeatedly recommended people to live their lives as though COVID-19 was in their community by adhering to physical distancing, and washing hands.

On Saturday, Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport announced in a news release that two of its doctors were diagnosed with the new virus. Those doctors are self-isolating at their homes and their illnesses are mild.

The Maine Department of Corrections said one worker at the Bolduc Correctional Center in Warren tested positive for COVID-19. That worker, if a resident of Maine, would be included in one of the counties as well as the state total. No inmates have yet been diagnosed with the virus.

Lincoln County cases remained at eight on Friday with two people recovered. The number of cases of Waldo County residents increased to three on Friday with one person recovered. One of the Waldo County cases was a nurse who self-isolated.

Cumberland County accounts for the majority of the cases with 222. There are 89 York County residents confirmed with COVID-19. All counties except Piscataquis have confirmed cases.