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Knox County reports two more COVID-19 cases on Friday

By Stephen Betts | May 15, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 rose slightly on Friday.

And two more of those cases were Knox County residents.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 15 there were an additional 38 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 1,603.

There were no additional deaths. Since the first death in Maine was reported March 27, there have been 69 deaths of people with COVID-19.

There were 35 additional recoveries statewide, increasing that number to 993 as of Friday.

The number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Friday rose by three to 541. This is the most since the outbreak began. The number of active cases first exceeded 500 on May 10.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said earlier this week that 323 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active confirmed or probable Knox County cases of COVID-19 cases as of May 15 was six. There were two additional cases, bringing that number to 21 since the outbreak began. There was an additional recovery, bringing that number to five, meaning there were four currently confirmed or probable active cases in Knox County. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County's active cases on May 15 decreased to two with 50 overall cases, 34 recoveries, and the 14 deaths. The cases and deaths have been largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast. 13 of the deaths were at Tall Pines. 11 staff members and 32 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak started.

Lincoln County's active cases on May 15 increased to four with 16 cases and 12 recoveries.

The number of people who have been tested for the virus in Maine as of May 13 is 28,257.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 15, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 309 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 257 people in their 60s, 251 in their 40s, 184 in their 70s, 177 who were 80 or older, 188 in their 30s, 180 in their 20s, and 50 who were younger than 20.

Fifty-three percent of the confirmed cases have been women and 47% men.

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