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111th death reported

COVID-19 cases decline again Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 09, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases declined for the fifth consecutive day, the state reported Thursday.

Another death was reported, a woman in her 80s from Penobscot County.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 9 there were an additional 26 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus in the past day, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 3,486.

There were an additional 45 recoveries statewide July 9, increasing that number to 2,901.

The additional death on Wednesday increased the number in Maine to 111 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 9 declined to 474. This is the lowest number since June 26. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

Of the 3,460 cases statewide as of July 8, 831 have been healthcare workers.

Knox County remained at three active cases on Thursday. Twenty-five Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-one of those residents recovered and one person died since the outbreak began. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at three on July 9. There have been 58 overall cases, 41 recoveries and 14 deaths. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County reported a 26th case. This means it has four confirmed active cases as of July 9. There have been 26 overall cases and 22 recoveries. Two people have been hospitalized.

The CDC reported that as of July 2, there have been 107 nonresidents who have tested positive for the disease in Maine. Cases are listed based on the town, county and state where the patient is a permanent resident.

Since the outbreak began, 365 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 22 people in the hospital, eight in critical care, and five on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 9 was 120,311 with 4,587 of those tests slightly less than 4 percent) being positive.

Of the 111 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 58 were 80 years old or older, 34 were in their 70s, 11 were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 65 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec 10, four in Androscoggin, three in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 9, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 573 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 544 in their 20s, 541 in their 40s, 540 in their 30s, 408 people in their 60s, 302 who were 80 or older, 288 in their 70s and 290 who were younger than 20. During the past few weeks, the greatest number of cases have been in people in their 30s and younger.

Women accounted for 52% of the confirmed cases and men 48%.

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