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Active COVID-19 cases rise again Monday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 27, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases increased for the third consecutive day, the state reported Monday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 27 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 18 cases, reaching 3,832.

There were an additional eight recoveries statewide July 27, increasing that number to 3,292.

The number of deaths remained at 119 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 27 rose by 10, reaching 421. This is the most active cases since July 20. 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 Monday. 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 Monday. 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 10, the CDC reported Monday. There have been 33 overall cases and 23 recoveries. Three people have been hospitalized.

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

Since the outbreak began, 383 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 14 people in the hospital, 10 in critical care, and three on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 27 was 163,607 with 5,148 of those tests (3.1 percent) being positive.

Of the 119 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 62 were 80 years old or older, 37 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, Hancock, and Somerset counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 27, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 624 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 618 in their 20s, 589 in their 30s, 583 in their 40s, 442 people in their 60s, 344 who were younger than 20, 320 who were 80 or older, and 306 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 3,790 cases statewide, 860 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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Comments (1)
Posted by: ananur forma | Jul 28, 2020 05:58

ask the kids about going back to school.  I wouldn't do it if my son was school age. I would somehow someway find a way to work it out. I would be so nervous if he was in school. Also, I think the virus will spread if schools are opened even if they follow a strict plan. Sorry to say this, of course it's just my opinion. am interested in other's thoughts about it.

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