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Active COVID-19 cases continue to increase May 16

By Stephen Betts | May 16, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 reached another high on Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 16 there were an additional 45 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 1,648.

The 70th death was reported Saturday, a Cumberland County man in his 90s. The 70 deaths in Maine have occurred since March 27.

There were 19 additional recoveries statewide, increasing that number to 1,012 as of Saturday.

The number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Saturday reached a new high of 566, an increase of 25 since Friday. The number of active cases first exceeded 500 on May 10.

Beginning Monday, the CDC expects to be able to triple the number of tests it can perform.

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 16 dropped by one to five. There have been 21 cases since the outbreak began with 16 recoveries. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County's active cases on May 16 remained at 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.

Lincoln County's active cases on May 16 increased by one to five with 17 cases and 12 recoveries.

The number of people who were tested for the virus in Maine as of May 13 was 28,257.

As of Saturday, 37 people were in the hospital because of the virus with 19 in critical care units and 10 of those on respirators.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 16, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 317 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 260 people in their 60s, 257 in their 40s, 186 in their 70s, 179 who were 80 or older, 201 in their 30s, 194 in their 20s, and 54 who were younger than 20. 26 of the new cases reported Saturday were people in their 30s or younger.

53% of the confirmed cases were women and 47% men.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: ananur forma | May 16, 2020 12:29

Interesting, have seen a couple (more than 2) YouTube s\of doctors in hospitals who are very upset because their managerial higher ups have told them, " to write down reason for deal as COVID even if it is NOt so."  This is because the doctors said, they found out that the hospital gets money to help with finance  issues. Has anyone else found this out? This may be true in large cities and not small cities like here, where we are blessed to live.

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