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COVID-19 cases drop Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Aug 06, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 dropped for the third consecutive day, the state reported Thursday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 6 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by five cases, reaching 3,997.

There were an additional 9 recoveries statewide reported Aug. 6, increasing that number to 3,475

The number of statewide deaths remained at 124 since the first death in Maine was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Aug. 6 dropped by 14, falling to 398. The active cases have fluctuated around 400 for the past month. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of Aug. 3, there have also been 170 nonresidents who have tested positive for the virus in Maine. That is an increase of 11 in a week.

The number of active cases in Knox County remained at two as of Thursday. There have been 27 Knox County residents who have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-four of those residents recovered and one person died. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at zero on Thursday. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 48 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Lincoln County's active cases increased by one, reaching three on Thursday. There have been 34 overall cases, 30 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Aug, 6, 907 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 390  people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, four in critical care, and one on a ventilator.

The number of tests given as of Aug. 6 was 186,773 with 5,414 of those tests (3 percent) being positive. The number of tests in Knox County during the past two weeks have totaled 1,073 with only one positive.

Of the 124 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 were 80 years old or older, 40 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 69 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 12, Kennebec 11, seven in Androscoggin, five in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, and Somerset counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Aug. 6, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 658 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 649 in their 20s, 615 in their 30s, 599 in their 40s, 466 people in their 60s, 368 who were younger than 20, 325 who were 80 or older, and 321 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 3,997 cases statewide, 887 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 22 percent of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2 percent of Maine's population.

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