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Active COVID-19 cases increase Wednesday

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

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

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 29 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 28 cases, reaching 3,866.

There were an additional 17 recoveries statewide reported July 29, increasing that number to 3,336.

The number of deaths remained at 121 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27, the state reported Wednesday.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of July 29 rose by 11, reaching 409. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of July 23, there have been 145 nonresidents who have tested positive for the disease in Maine. That is an increase of about 20 in less than a week. Cases are listed based on the town, county and state where the patient is a permanent resident. Those 145 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 reported two additional cases and one additional recovery, meaning there is one active confirmed case. Since the start, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 47 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in mid-March. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at five, the CDC reported Wednesday. There have been 33 overall cases, 27 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of July 28, 882 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 385 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 12 people in the hospital, seven in critical care, and two on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 29 was 167,429 with 5,191 of those tests (3.2 percent) being positive.

Of the 121 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 62 were 80 years old or older, 39 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, six in Androscoggin, five in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, and Somerset counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 29, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 628 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 628 in their 20s, 597 in their 30s, 584 in their 40s, 449 people in their 60s, 350 who were younger than 20, 319 who were 80 or older, and 311 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 3,866 cases statewide, 867 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 22 percent of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2 percent of Maine's population.

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