The COVID-19 death toll had one of its steepest jumps in Maine during the past 24 hours, claiming the life of four more people.

That while the number of new cases was evenly matched with the number of recoveries.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 5 an additional 21 cases of COVID-19 either confirmed or probable, bringing the number of cases since the outbreak began in March to 1,226.

Of those diagnosed, 741 have recovered, also an increase of 21 since the previous day.

The statewide death toll increased Tuesday by four, reaching 61. The first Maine death was reported March 27. Two of the deaths were in Cumberland County and two in Kennebec County.

Most of the deaths have been concentrated at congregate housing facilities including long-term care centers.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Monday that 266 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active confirmed cases statewide dropped by four, reaching 424 on Tuesday. The peak was reached April 17 when there were 446 active cases. The number of active cases have remained relatively the same during the past three weeks with increases and then decreases.

The active confirmed Knox County cases again remained at three on Tuesday with 16 cases since the outbreak began and 13 recoveries.

Waldo County active cases remained at eight on Tuesday with 49 overall cases, 28 recoveries, and the 13 deaths. The cases and deaths have been concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at two on Tuesday with 13 cases and 11 recoveries.

The number of people hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 was at 36 as of Tuesday. 18 are in critical care units and 12 of those people are on respirators.

The number of people who tested negative for the virus increased 2,762 during the past week, reaching 19,536 as of April 29.

Of the people who tested positive as of Tuesday, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 240 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 202 people in their 60s, 179 in their 40s, 159 in their 70s, 147 who were 80 or older, 134 in their 30s, 136 in their 20s, and 29 who were younger than 20. During the past week, many of the new cases have been people in their 30s and younger.

54% of the confirmed cases have been women and 46% men.