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Active COVID-19 cases decline again Friday

By Stephen Betts | May 29, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 on Friday dropped to the lowest level in a week.

An 85th death was also reported Friday, a Cumberland County resident.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday, May 29 there were an additional 37 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,226.

There were an additional 56 recoveries statewide May 29, increasing that number to 1,458. The 56 recoveries is the most in a single day.

There was one more death reported. This brings the number of deaths of people diagnosed with the virus to 85 since the first death was reported March 27. Forty-seven of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents, nine each in York and Kennebec counties, and 14 in Waldo County.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Friday fell by 20 to 683, the lowest since May 21. The peak was on May 24 with 714 cases. The cases first surpassed 700 on May 23, surpassed 600 on May 20, and 500 on May 10.

Since the outbreak began, 270 people have been hospitalized in Maine, an increase of six in the past day. As of May 29, 53 people were still in a hospital with the virus. Eighteen of those patients are in critical care units, and 12 are on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 29 that 523 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 as of Friday remained at two for the seventh consecutive day. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 18 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases Friday remained at one, with 51 overall cases, 36 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 on Friday remained at seven with 20 overall cases and 13 recoveries.

There have been 55 people from outside Maine who have tested positive in a Maine laboratory as of a week ago, but 23 of those people are from New Hampshire and their tests were sent to a Maine lab.

The number of tests given have been 43,480 as of May 27 with 5.2 percent coming in as positive. Dr. Shah stressed that these were the number of tests not the number of people tested since some people were tested more than once.

Of the 85 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died as of Friday, 47 have  been 80 years old or older, 26 have been in their 70s, seven were in their 60s, three in their 50s, and two people in their 40s.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 29, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 412 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 347 in their 40s, 304 people in their 60s, 302 in their 30s, 288 in their 20s, 231 in their 70s, 237 who were 80 or older, and 105 who were younger than 20. Most of the new cases in the past few days have been people in their 40s and younger.

52% of the confirmed cases were women and 48% men.

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