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Waldo County no longer has any active confirmed cases

COVID-19 cases rise on Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Jun 18, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases statewide of COVID-19 on Thursday rose after two days of decline.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 18 there were an additional 42 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,878.

There were an additional 25 recoveries statewide June 18, increasing that number to 2,300.

The number of deaths remained at 102 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of Maine June 18 rose by 15 to 476. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases.

Of the overall cases as of June 15, 709 infected were health care workers.

Since the outbreak began, 323 people were hospitalized in Maine. As of June 18, 27 people are still in a hospital with the virus. Ten of those patients are in critical care units and five are on ventilators.

The number of confirmed active cases in Knox County remained at two Thursday, June 18. Since the outbreak began in mid-March, 23 Knox County residents have contracted the new virus, 20 recovered and one person died. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized with the virus since the outbreak began.

Waldo County's active confirmed cases dropped to zero on Thursday. There have been 55 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's active cases remained at three on Thursday. There have been 21 overall cases and 18 recoveries.

The number of tests given as of June 18 was 80,908 with 3,760 of those tests (slightly less than 5%) being positive.

Of the 102 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 51 were 80 years old or older, 34 were in their 70s, nine were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s. The age of the most recent death is expected to be released later today.

Cumberland County has seen the worse of the outbreak with 58 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec nine, four in Androscoggin, two in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of June 18, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 485 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 451 in their 40s, 441 in their 30s, 435 in their 20s, 350 people in their 60s, 265 who were 80 or older, 258 in their 70s, and 193 who were younger than 20.

Fifty-one percent of the confirmed cases were women and 49% men.

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