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Knox and Waldo counties each report additional recovery

Active COVID-19 cases continue decline on Saturday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 11, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases dropped for the seventh consecutive day, the state reported Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 11 there were an additional 21 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus in the past day, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 3,520.

There were an additional 41 recoveries statewide July 11, increasing that number to 2,972.

There was another death reported on Saturday, a Cumberland County resident, increasing the number to 112 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of July 11 dropped by 21, falling to 436. This is the lowest number of active cases since June 26. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

Of the 3,460 cases statewide as of July 8, 831 have been healthcare workers.

Knox County active cases dropped to two on Saturday because of an additional recovery. Twenty-five Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-two of those residents recovered and one person died since the outbreak began. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases dropped by one, falling to three on July 11. There have been 59 cases, 42 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in mid-March. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at four on Saturday. There have been 26 overall cases and 22 recoveries. Two people have been hospitalized.

The CDC reported that as of July 10, there have been 111 nonresidents who have tested positive for the disease in Maine. Cases are listed based on the town, county and state where the patient is a permanent resident.

Since the outbreak began, 368 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 16 people in the hospital, seven in critical care, and four on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 11 was 125,917 with 4,652 of those tests slightly less than 4 percent) being positive.

Of the 112 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 58 were 80 years old or older, 34 were in their 70s, 11 were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s. The age of the person whose death was reported Saturday has not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 66 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec 10, four in Androscoggin, three in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 11, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 576 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 553 in their 20s, 549 in their 40s, 540 in their 30s, 409 people in their 60s, 307 who were 80 or older, 290 in their 70s and 300 who were younger than 20. During the past few weeks, the greatest number of cases have been in people in their 30s and younger.

Women accounted for 52% of the confirmed cases and men 48%.

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