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Cumberland County reports another death

Active COVID-19 cases continue decline on Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Jun 24, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases on Wednesday dropped to the lowest level since May 5.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 24 there were an additional 23 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 3,017.

There were an additional 47 recoveries statewide June 24, increasing that number to 2,490.

There was an additional death in Cumberland County, increasing the number to 103 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of June 24 declined by 25, dropping to 424. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases.

There were no changes reported in Knox, Lincoln, or Waldo counties.

Knox County has had 24 cases since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-one of those residents recovered and one person died since the outbreak began. Three Knox County residents have been hospitalized. This means that the active cases remain at two.

Waldo County's active confirmed cases remained at zero June 24. There have been 55 overall cases, 41 recoveries and 14 deaths. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at three on Wednesday. There have been 21 overall cases and 18 recoveries.

The CDC reported that as of June 19, there have been 81 out-of-state people whose diagnoses were processed in Maine laboratories 23 were residents of New Hampshire and 19 from Massachusetts. Some of those people live in New Hampshire but get their health care in Maine.

Forty-eight Maine residents have tested positive in other states.

Of the overall cases as of June 19, 743 infected were health care workers.

Since the outbreak began, 339 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 24 people in the hospital, 12 in critical care, and six on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of June 23 was 88,492 with 3,952 of those tests (slightly less than 5%) being positive.

Of the 103 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 51 were 80 years old or older, 34 were in their 70s, nine were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s. The age of the most recent death is expected to be released later today. The age of the death of the most recent victim has not been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worse of the outbreak with 59 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec nine, four in Androscoggin, two in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of June 24, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 508 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 472 in their 40s, 470 in their 30s, 456 in their 20s, 363 people in their 60s, 272 who were 80 or older, 264 in their 70s and 212 who were younger than 20.

51% of the confirmed cases were women and 49% men.

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