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Active COVID-19 cases show slight increase May 13

By Stephen Betts | May 13, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 on Wednesday increased by seven.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 13 there were 1,515 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus. This is an increase of 38 from Tuesday.

There were 30 additional recoveries, increasing that number to 943 as of Wednesday

There was an additional death reported Wednesday of a person diagnosed with COVID-19, increasing that number to 66 since the first death was reported March 27. The latest person with COVID-19 to die was a Cumberland County woman in her 90s.

The number of active cases was up seven on Wednesday, reaching 506. Active cases have been near the 500 mark for more than a week.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said 323 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active Knox County cases of COVID-19 cases as of May 13 remained at five — 19 cases overall with 14 recoveries. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County's active Wednesday cases remained at two with 49 overall cases, 33 recoveries, and the 14 deaths. The cases and deaths have been largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast. 13 of the deaths were at Tall Pines. 11 staff members and 32 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak started.

Lincoln County's active cases on Wednesday  remained at three with 15 cases and 12 recoveries.

Statewide, the number of people currently in the hospital with the new virus rose to 41 with 20 of those people in critical condition and seven on respirators.

The number of people who tested for the virus in Maine as of May 13 is 28,257.

Of the people who tested positive as of Monday, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 291 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 243 people in their 60s, 229 in their 40s, 178 in their 70s, 176 who were 80 or older, 180 in their 30s, 171 in their 20s, and 47 who were younger than 20.

Twenty-one of the 38 new cases were people in their 30s and younger.

Fifty-three percent of the confirmed cases have been women and 47% men.

At the May 13 update, Shah urged parents to make sure their children are updated on their vaccinations for preventable diseases. The CDC director noted that a vaccination program in Maine shows a 45% drop in vaccinations in April compared to April 2019.

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