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Lincoln County reports 31st case

Active COVID-19 cases rise again on Monday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 20, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

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

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 20 there were an additional 24 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus statewide in the past day, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 3,711.

There were an additional 11 recoveries statewide July 20, increasing that number to 3,159.

There were no additional deaths, remaining at 117 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 20 rose by 13 to 435.The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Thursday, July 16 that while Maine residents have done a great job in helping control the spread of the virus, that there was no room for complacency since it could flare up again like a forest fire.

The CDC reported that as of July 18, there have been 120 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. Those 120 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 has no active confirmed cases. 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 increased by one, reaching eight on Monday. There have been 31 overall cases and 23 recoveries. Three people have been hospitalized. Lincoln County has reported five new cases in the past week.

Of the cases statewide as of July 16, 844 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 375 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, nine in critical care, and seven on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 20 was 145,461 with 4,927 of those tests (3.4 percent) being positive.

Of the 117 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 62 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, and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 67 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 and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 20, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 602 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 592 in their 20s, 565 in their 30s, 564 in their 40s, 430 people in their 60s, 349 who were younger than 20, 312 who were 80 or older, and 297 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 3,687 cases statewide, 842 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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