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Active statewide COVID-19 cases decline again, CDC reports Saturday

By Stephen Betts | Sep 26, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 fell for the second straight day, the state reported Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 26 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 25, reaching 5,260.

There were an additional 31 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 26, increasing that number to 4,538.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 140 for the fifth consecutive day.

This means the number of active confirmed cases statewide as of Sept. 26 declined by six, falling to 582.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 22, there have been 258 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 9,820 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. The CDC said some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The number of active cases involving Knox County residents remained at five, the CDC reported on Saturday. There have been 36 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Thirty of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Knox County continues to have one of the lowest number of cases in Maine. Only Washington and Piscataquis counties have fewer cases in Maine.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents remained at one, the CDC said Saturday. There have been 73 residents diagnosed, 58 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

The number of active cases of Lincoln County residents remained at five the CDC reported Saturday. There have been 41 overall cases, 36 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Sept. 24 that while many of the new statewide cases are centered in York County that the spread could occur in any county.

He urged the public to follow the basic principles of science -- using face coverings and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 24, 1,044 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 443 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, two in critical care and none on a ventilator. The number of people currently in the hospital has risen over the past week. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shaw said Tuesday, Sept. 22 that the number of people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19 is the highest since mid-July and is of concern.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 24 that of the 84,339 tests given during the past two weeks, 435 (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 140 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 74 were 80 years old or older, 43 were in their 70s, 14 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 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock and Oxford counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 26, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 883 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 837 in their 50s, 809 in their 30s, 753 in their 40s, 610 people in their 60s, 601 who were younger than 20, 390 in their 70s, and 377 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 5,267 cases statewide, 977 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 19% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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