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COVID-19 cases jump Thursday, three more deaths

By Stephen Betts | May 14, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 on Thursday rose to its highest level since the outbreak started in March.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 14 there were an additional 50 cases statewide, reaching 1,565 since the start of the outbreak.

There were three additional deaths — one in Penobscot County and two in Cumberland County — of people who were diagnosed with the new virus. This brings the death toll to 69 since the first death in Maine was reported March 27.

There were 15 additional recoveries, increasing that number to 958 as of Thursday.

The number of active cases in Maine reached its highest level yet on Thursday, reaching 538. Active cases had been near the 500 mark for more than a week. The previous high was 525 on May 11.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said earlier this week that 323 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active Knox County cases of COVID-19 cases as of May 14 remained at five — 19 cases overall with 14 recoveries. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County's active cases increased by one to three on Thursday with 50 overall cases, 33 recoveries, and the 14 deaths. The cases and deaths have been largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast. 13 of the deaths were at Tall Pines. 11 staff members and 32 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak started.

Lincoln County's active cases on Thursday remained at three with 15 cases and 12 recoveries.

Statewide, the number of people currently in the hospital with the new virus is 37 with 18 of those people in critical condition and seven on respirators.

The number of people who have been tested for the virus in Maine as of May 13 is 28,257.

Of the people who tested positive as of Thursday, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 299 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 252 people in their 60s, 242 in their 40s, 180 in their 70s, 178 who were 80 or older, 188 in their 30s, 1718in their 20s, and 48 who were younger than 20.

53% of the confirmed cases have been women and 47% men.

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