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Dr. Shah said Maine has had success in slowing spread of virus

Active COVID-19 cases on Friday show increase

By Stephen Betts | Jun 19, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases statewide of COVID-19 on Friday rose for the second consecutive day.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 19 there were an additional 35 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,913.

There were an additional 23 recoveries statewide June 19, increasing that number to 2,323.

The number of deaths remained at 102 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of Maine June 19 rose by 12 to 488. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases.

During his Friday updated, Dr. Nirav Shah, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, praised Maine residents for their efforts in reducing the spread of the virus.

"The proof of our success is in the pudding," he said.

He pointed out that Maine has the 42nd fewest cases per capita and the lowest in the Northeast. He said, however, residents need to continue to take precautions including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing.

Of the overall cases as of June 19, 743 infected were health care workers.

Since the outbreak began, 327 people were hospitalized in Maine. As of June 19, 26 people are still in a hospital with the virus. Eleven of those patients are in critical care units and five are on ventilators.

The number of confirmed active cases in Knox County remained at two Friday, June 19. Since the outbreak began in mid-March, 23 Knox County residents have contracted the new virus, 20 recovered and one person died. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized with the virus since the outbreak began.

Waldo County's active confirmed cases remained at zero on Friday. There have been 55 overall cases, 41 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 remained at three on Friday. There have been 21 overall cases and 18 recoveries.

The number of tests given as of June 19 was 84,315 with 3,854 of those tests (slightly less than 5%) being positive.

Of the 102 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 51 were 80 years old or older, 34 were in their 70s, nine were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s. The age of the most recent death is expected to be released later today.

Cumberland County has seen the worse of the outbreak with 58 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec nine, four in Androscoggin, two in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of June 19, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 491 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 453 in their 40s, 447 in their 30s, 443 in their 20s, 354 people in their 60s, 268 who were 80 or older, 259 in their 70s, and 198 who were younger than 20.

Fifty-one percent of the confirmed cases were women and 49% men.

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