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Active COVID-19 cases rise slightly again on Sunday

Aug 02, 2020

The number of active statewide COVID-19 rose for the fifth consecutive day, the state reported Aug. 2.

There were no changes reported in Knox, Lincoln or Waldo counties.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 2 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 21 cases, reaching 3,958.

There were an additional 10 recoveries statewide reported Aug. 2, increasing that number to 3,387.

The number of deaths statewide remained at 123 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Aug. 2 rose by 11, reaching 448. This is the most since July 10. The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The CDC reported that as of July 28, there have also been 159 nonresidents who have tested positive for the virus in Maine.

The number of active cases in Knox County remained at two as of Sunday. There have been 26 Knox County residents who have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. 23 of those residents recovered and one person died. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at zero on Sunday. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 48 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at four on Sunday. There have been 34 overall cases, 29 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of July 30, 892 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 388 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, five in critical care and one on a ventilator. The number of hospitalizations has been dropping during the past week.

The number of tests given as of Aug. 2 was 178,179 with 5,322 of those tests (3%) being positive. The number of tests in Knox County during the past two weeks totaled 1,072.

Of the 123 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 were 80 years old or older, 39 were in their 70s, 12 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 12, 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 Aug. 2, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 652 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 642 in their 20s, 609 in their 30s, 590 in their 40s, 459 people in their 60s, 365 who were younger than 20, 323 who were 80 or older and 318 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 3,937 cases statewide, 872 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 22% of the cases. Black Americans account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: JEFFREY PAYSON | Aug 02, 2020 19:21

0 new positive test for non-residents today.



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