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122nd death reported in state

COVID-19 cases rise again Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Jul 30, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases rose for the second consecutive day, the state reported Thursday as another death was reported.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 30 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 22 cases, reaching 3,888.

There were an additional nine recoveries statewide reported July 30, increasing that number to 3,345.

A Kennebec County man in his 80s died, the CDC reported Thursday. The number of deaths now stands at 122 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 30  rose by 12, reaching 421. The number of active cases have fluctuated around the 400 mark for the past two weeks. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of July 23, there have been 145 nonresidents who have tested positive for the disease in Maine. That is an increase of about 20 in less than a week. Cases are listed based on the town, county and state where the patient is a permanent resident. Those 145 cases are not included in the cases for Maine. Many of those cases are New Hampshire residents who receive their healthcare in Maine, according to the Maine CDC.

Knox County active cases remained at one on Thursday. Twenty-five Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-three 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 one on Thursday. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 47 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Lincoln County's active cases dropped by two, falling to three on Thursday. The decline is due to two additional recoveries. There have been 33 overall cases, 29 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of July 30, 892 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 386 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 11 people in the hospital, eight in critical care, and five on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 30 was 170,419 with 5,221 of those tests (3.1 percent) being positive.

Of the 121 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 were 80 years old or older, 39 were in their 70s, 11 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 68 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 12, Kennebec 11, six 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 July 30, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 634 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 632 in their 20s, 599 in their 30s, 586 in their 40s, 450 people in their 60s, 352 who were younger than 20, 320 who were 80 or older, and 315 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 3,888 cases statewide, 869 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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Comments (4)
Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Jul 31, 2020 15:22

Lot of vehicles with Texas plates. They are loaded with covid19 down there and one of their congressmen is so ignorant he thinks he caught the virus from his mask. One would think people that feel so good about themselves would be smart enough not to elect a dumbbell to congress.

Posted by: Jeannie L. Wood | Jul 31, 2020 08:16

So I feel its because the folks from away are not caring & getting tested. I see them on the roads everyday, I see them drive in to a grocery store & get out & not put a mask on. Think this might have anything to do with it...... can't fix stupid. S.Wood

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Jul 30, 2020 13:23

The increase reported Thursday (July 30) for the previous day showed an increase in active cases of 12 actives cases. That is determined by the 22 new confirmed or probable cases and subtracting the recoveries (9) and the one death (1) which brings the increase in active cases to 12.

Posted by: Mary Susan Hurst | Jul 30, 2020 12:10

To Steve Betts - thank you for keeping us consistently informed and updated on the pandemic in our State. We are becoming kind of numb to this reality and these numbers are so important in keeping us attuned to our progress. Could you please clarify the daily count you report for increased cases? When you report the number of additional new Covid cases (22) for Thursday, 7/30, has the number of recoveries (9) for the day already been deducted from that number? So for Thursday, 7/30, did the net number of active/probable cases for the State increase by 22 or did it increase by 13? Thank you.

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