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Knox active cases remain at seven

Active COVID-19 cases in Maine show dip

By Stephen Betts | Apr 04, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active confirmed cases of Mainers with COVID-19 declined slightly on Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention web site reports that there were 456 confirmed cases since the outbreak began a little more than three weeks ago. The number of people who have recovered jumped to 140.

A 10th patient died from the new virus.

This means the number of active confirmed cases has declined from 310 on Friday to 306 on Saturday, April 4.

There have been many people reporting they have not been able to be tested as testing has been limited.

The number of active cases in Knox County remains at seven. There have been nine people from Knox County diagnosed since the outbreak began and two have recovered.

The CDC statistics do not include seasonal residents or visitors who may have been diagnosed in Knox County. CDCs across the country classify patients based on their permanent home residence.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah has repeatedly recommended people to live their lives as though COVID-19 was in their community by adhering to physical distancing, and washing hands.

On March 28, Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport announced in a news release that two of its doctors were diagnosed with the new virus. Those doctors are self-isolating at their homes and their illnesses are mild.

The Maine Department of Corrections said one worker at the Bolduc Correctional Center in Warren tested positive for COVID-19. That worker, if a resident of Maine, would be included in one of the counties as well as the state total. No inmates have yet been diagnosed with the virus.

Lincoln County active cases remained at six on Saturday with eight since the outbreak began and two patients recovering. Waldo County has two active cases -- three since the start and one person who has recovered.

One of the Waldo County cases was a nurse who self-isolated.

Cumberland County accounts for the majority of the cases with 231. Piscataquis County remains the only county with a confirmed case.

Maine Gov. Janet Mills has ordered people to remain at home other than specific exceptions such as traveling to essential jobs or for essential shopping or appointments. Lodging businesses have been ordered to be shut down as of Sunday noon.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Sheri Bartlett | Apr 04, 2020 16:36

Again I want to commend you Mr Betts on your reporting of ACTIVE cases instead of just the headline grabbing confirmed cases.  I am hoping that today's reduction in active cases, at least means a slow in the growth of this pandemic in Maine.  Keep up the great reporting.

David Bartlett

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