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Two additional deaths in state

Active confirmed COVID-19 cases remain steady

Knox County active confirmed cases at six
By Stephen Betts | Apr 07, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active confirmed cases of Mainers with COVID-19 has remained the same.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website reported April 7 there were 519 confirmed cases since the outbreak began a little more than three weeks ago. The number of people who have recovered rose to 176.

The CDC reported an additional two people died from the new virus since Monday, increasing the number of deaths statewide to 12.

This means the number of active confirmed cases has remained at 331.

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 active diagnosed cases in Knox County remained at six on Tuesday. There have been nine people from Knox County diagnosed since the outbreak began and three have recovered.

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 cases dropped to five with nine confirmed case since the outbreak began and four patients recovering.

Waldo County cases remain at five reported since the outbreak began and one recovery, leaving four active cases, up from two active diagnosed cases on Sunday.

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

Cumberland County accounts for the majority of the cases with 253 of which 150 are active. 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.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Sheri Bartlett | Apr 07, 2020 13:43

Too bad Maine CDC will not post a number for Active hospitalizations in each county.

Dave Bartlett

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