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Knox County active cases remain at five

Active COVID-19 cases drop below 500

By Stephen Betts | May 12, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 dropped below 500 on Tuesday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported on May 12 that there were 41 recoveries since Monday, outpacing the 15 new cases,

There were no additional deaths, keeping the number at 65 on Tuesday since the first death was reported March 27.

The additional 15 new cases bring the total to 1,477 since the outbreak began in mid-March. There were also 41 recoveries, bringing that number to 913.

The number of active cases dropped by 26 cases, to fall to 499 on Tuesday. Active cases have been near the 500 mark during the past week.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 12 that 323 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active Knox County cases of COVID-19 cases as of May 12 remained at five — 19 cases overall with 14 recoveries. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County active cases on Tuesday dropped to two with 49 overall cases, 33 recoveries, and the 14 deaths. The cases and deaths have been largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast. Thirteen of the deaths were at Tall Pines. Eleven staff members and 32 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak started.

Lincoln County's active cases on Tuesday remained at three with 15 cases and 12 recoveries.

The number of people who tested negative for the virus was 22,092 as of May 6.

Of the people who tested positive as of Monday, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 285 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 239 people in their 60s, 227 in their 40s, 176 in their 70s, 171 who were 80 or older, 172 in their 30s, 161 in their 20s, and 46 who were younger than 20.

53% of the confirmed cases have been women and 47% men.

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