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COVID-19 cases on Tuesday drop to nearly four-month low

By Stephen Betts | Aug 11, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 declined to their lowest level since April 12, the state reported Tuesday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 11 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by only one, reaching 4,050.

There were an additional 23 recoveries statewide reported Aug. 11, increasing that number to 3,560

There was a death of a York County woman in her 90s reported on Tuesday. This increased the number of deaths to 126 since the first death in Maine was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Aug. 11 fell by 23, dropping to 364. This the lowest since April 12, a month after mandatory closures were ordered. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported Aug. 6 that there have been 172 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine.

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

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

Lincoln County's active cases dropped by one, falling to three on Tuesday. There have been 35 overall cases, 31 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Aug, 11, 922 have been healthcare workers. All but 64 have recovered and no healthcare workers in Maine have died.

Since the outbreak began, 394 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently eight people in the hospital, three in critical care and one on a ventilator.

The number of tests given as of Aug. 11 was 201,164 with 5,546 of those tests (2.7%) being positive.

Of the 126 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 65 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 13, Kennebec 11, eight 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. 11, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 670 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 661 in their 20s, 624 in their 30s, 600 in their 40s, 472 people in their 60s, 372 who were younger than 20, 327 who were 80 or older, and 324 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 4,050 cases statewide, 893 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 22% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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