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Knox County active cases remain at seven

Active confirmed COVID-19 cases slightly dip for second day

By Stephen Betts | Apr 05, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed cases of Mainers with COVID-19 dipped slightly for the second consecutive day.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website reports there were 470 confirmed cases since the outbreak began a little more than three weeks ago. The number of people who have recovered jumped to 156.

Ten people have died from the new virus.

This means the number of active confirmed cases has declined from 310 on Friday to 306 on Saturday, and 304 on Sunday, April 5.

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 remains at seven. There have been nine people from Knox County diagnosed since the outbreak began and two have recovered. Two cases have been confirmed in Waldo County.

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 remained at six on Sunday with eight since the outbreak began and two patients recovering. Waldo County has two active cases — three since the start and one person who has recovered.

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

Cumberland County accounts for the majority of the cases with 238 of which 147 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 have been ordered to shut down as of April 5.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: johanna stadler | Apr 05, 2020 13:02

Sheri Bartlett if you go to the Maine CDC site you will find a link that will take you to all of that information.... as of last night there was 1 in the hospital 2 recovered total of 9 reported cases

Posted by: Sheri Bartlett | Apr 05, 2020 11:24

The 2nd day of declines in Active cases is good news.  It would be great if Maine CDC and other reporters would start highlighting active cases.  Active hospitalizations would be another important figure to start publishing.

Dave Bartlett

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