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Active COVID-19 cases on Sunday decline again but two more deaths reported

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

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases on Sunday dropped for the eight consecutive day but two more deaths were reported.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 12 there were an additional 19 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus in the past day, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 3,539.

There were an additional 22 recoveries statewide July 12, increasing that number to 2,994.

There were two additional deaths reported Sunday -- one each in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. That increases the number of deaths since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27 to 114. The three deaths reported Saturday and Sunday were a woman in her 90s from Penobscot County, a woman in his 80s from Cumberland County, and a man in his 70 from Cumberland County.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of July 12 dropped by five on Sunday, falling to 431. This is the lowest number since June 24. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

Of the 3,460 cases statewide as of July 8, 831 have been healthcare workers.

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

Waldo County's active cases remained at three on Sunday. There have been 59 cases, 42 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 four on Sunday. There have been 26 overall cases and 22 recoveries. Two people have been hospitalized.

The CDC reported that as of July 10, there have been 111 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.

Since the outbreak began, 371 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 16 people in the hospital, seven in critical care, and four on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 12 was 125,917 with 4,652 of those tests slightly less than 4 percent) being positive.

Of the 114 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 60 were 80 years old or older, 35 were in their 70s, 11 were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 67 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec 10, four in Androscoggin four in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 12, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 576 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 554 in their 20s, 551 in their 40s, 541 in their 30s, 411 people in their 60s, 306 who were 80 or older, 292 in their 70s and 303 who were younger than 20. During the past few weeks, the greatest number of cases have been in people in their 30s and younger.

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

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Comments (2)
Posted by: ananur forma | Jul 13, 2020 11:53

Schools demanded to re-open in the fall? Is he insane? No guidelines given ....just a command and if the schools don't do as he says, then what? No funding. Sounds like a dictator to me, one who does not care about human lives. Narcissism does not include compassion it's not an ability that those with this particular personality disorder live with. Have seen it many times when I worked with individuals with this particular disorder. very scary.

Posted by: Betty McCommic | Jul 12, 2020 15:03

Two more deaths and 19 more cases to me is not a decline recoveries is great but still had corona virus

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