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CDC reports two more COVID-19 cases in Knox County

By Stephen Betts | Sep 04, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

There were two more cases of Knox County residents with COVID-19, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Friday. This means four new cases have been reported in the past three days in Knox.

Statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 declined slightly, the state reported Friday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 4 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 15, reaching 4,632.

There were an additional 18 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 4, increasing that number to 4,006.

The death of a Somerset County woman in her 80s was also reported on Friday. The number of Mainers to die from the new virus since the outbreak began in Maine now stands at 134.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Sept. 4  dropped by four, falling to 492. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported Sept. 3 that there have been 238 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine. This is not broken down by the county they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. And the CDC said that some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The number of active cases of Knox County residents with the virus increased by two, reaching five on Friday. There have been 33 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Twenty-seven of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

The CDC said there is no evidence of community transmission in Knox County.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents remained at one, the CDC reported Friday. There have been 70 residents diagnosed, 55 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March, meaning there is one active case

Lincoln County active cases remained at two on Friday. There have been 36 overall cases, 33 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 3, 986 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 423 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently nine people in the hospital, five in critical care and two on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 3 that of the 59,64 tests given during the past two weeks, 357 (0.6 percent) have been positive.

Of the 134 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 70 were 80 years old or older, 43 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 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, six in Penobscot, three in Somerset, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 3 the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 788 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 742 in their 50s, 713 in their 30s, 671 in their 40s, 529 people in their 60s, 468 who were younger than 20, 358 in their 70s, and 348 who were 80 or older.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 4,632 cases statewide, 939 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 20% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Sep 04, 2020 23:47

It would be great if Maine CDC starts to report where out of state persons with Covid are. And perhaps more to the point - what is happening to them? Are they being quarantined?



Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Sep 04, 2020 23:47

It would be great if Maine CDC starts to report where out of state persons with Covid are. And perhaps more to the point - what is happening to them? Are they being quarantined?



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 04, 2020 15:37

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