The number of active confirmed cases of Mainers with COVID-19 has increased and two more people have died from the illness.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website reported Wednesday April 8 there were 537 confirmed cases since the outbreak began a little more than three weeks ago. The number of people who have recovered rose to 187.

The number of deaths statewide increased by two, reaching 14 since the outbreak began. Waldo County experienced its first fatality with a woman in her 80s succumbing from the new virus.

This means the number of active confirmed cases statewide is 336, an increase of five from the previous day.

There have been many people reporting they have not been able to get tested, as testing has been limited, so the number of cases could be greater.

The number of people hospitalized at some point during the start of the outbreak rose to 101.

The number of active diagnosed cases in Knox County remained at six as of Wednesday. There have been nine people from Knox County diagnosed since the outbreak began and three have recovered. One of those patients required hospitalization.

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

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav 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 March 28, 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 active confirmed cases dropped to four on Wednesday. Nine people have been confirmed with the virus and five have recovered.

Waldo County confirmed cases increased to seven since the outbreak began and one has recovered, leaving six active cases.

One of the Waldo County cases was a nurse who self-isolated.

Cumberland County accounts for the majority of the cases with 262 of which 155 are active. Ten of the fatalities statewide have occurred in Cumberland County.

Piscataquis County remains the only county without a confirmed case.

Gov. Mills has ordered people to remain at home other than specific exceptions such as traveling to essential jobs or for essential shopping or appointments. Lodging businesses were ordered to shut down as of April 5.