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Active COVID-19 cases drop on Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 22, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases declined, the state reported Wednesday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 22 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases remained at 3,723. The number of cases did not change, in part, because of false positive tests over the weekend at a summer camp. When campers were re-tested with a more accurate test, none of them tested positive. The Maine CDC corrected those numbers on Wednesday which offset any new cases.

There were 28 new cases on Tuesday, the state reported Wednesday but 28 prior cases were deleted as positive cases or move to another state because of the patients' full-time residences.

There were an additional 25 recoveries statewide July 22, increasing that number to 3,216.

The number of deaths remained at 118 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 22 declined by 25, falling to 389.The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of July 21, there have been 120 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. Those 120 cases are not included in the cases for Maine. Many of those cases are New Hampshire residents who receive their healthcare in Maine, according to the Maine CDC.

Knox County active cases remained at one on Wednesday. Twenty-five Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-three of those residents recovered and one person died since the outbreak began. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County again had no active confirmed cases as of Wednesday. There have been 60 cases, 46 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in mid-March. Three of those recoveries were reported Saturday. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at eight on Wednesday. There have been 31 overall cases and 23 recoveries. Three people have been hospitalized. Lincoln County has reported five new cases in the past week.

Of the cases statewide as of July 21, 861 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 377 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 12 people in the hospital, eight in critical care, and four on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 22 was 150,299 with 4,972 of those tests (3.4 percent) being positive.

Of the 118 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 62 were 80 years old or older, 36 were in their 70s, 11 were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s, and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 68 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 12, Kennebec 10, five in Penobscot, five in Androscoggin, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 607 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 598 in their 20s, 572 in their 30s, 569 in their 40s, 433 people in their 60s, 333 who were younger than 20, 310 who were 80 or older, and 297 in their 70s.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 3,687 cases statewide, 848 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 23 percent of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2 percent of Maine's population.

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