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More out-of-state residents testing positive in Maine

Active COVID-19 cases unchanged on Friday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 24, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases remained the same, the state reported Friday.

However, there has been an increase in the number of out-of-state residents who are testing positive.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 24 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 20 cases, reaching 3,757.

There were also an additional 20 recoveries statewide July 24, increasing that number to 3,259.

The number of deaths remained at 118 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 24 remained at a three-month low of 380. 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 24 during the week. 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.

As of the same time, Maine CDC reports 2,430 negative test results for individuals who claim primary residence in other states. Two test results for out-of-state residents were indeterminate.

Knox County active cases remained at one on Friday. 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 Friday. 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 eight on Friday. 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 21, 861 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 378 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 12 people in the hospital, eight in critical care, and three on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 24 was 155,816 with 5,038 of those tests (3.2 percent) being positive.

Of the 118 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 62 were 80 years old or older, 36 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 and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 24, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 614 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 602 in their 20s, 579 in their 30s, 575 in their 40s, 436 people in their 60s, 333 who were younger than 20, 316 who were 80 or older, and 302 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 3,757 cases statewide, 854 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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