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COVID-19 cases show little change on Monday

By Stephen Betts | Jun 22, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases statewide of COVID-19 on Monday remained nearly the same on Monday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 22 there were an additional 14 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,971.

There were an additional 15 recoveries statewide June 22, increasing that number to 2,391.

The number of deaths remained at 102 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27. There has been one death during the past 11 days.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of Maine June 22 declined by one, dropping to 463. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases.

During his Friday updated, Dr. Nirav Shah, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, praised Maine residents for their efforts in reducing the spread of the virus.

"The proof of our success is in the pudding," he said.

He pointed out that Maine has the 42nd fewest cases per capita and the lowest in the Northeast. He said, however, residents need to continue to take precautions including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing.

Of the overall cases as of June 19, 743 infected were health care workers.

Since the outbreak began, 336 people have been hospitalized in Maine. As of June 22, 27 people are still in a hospital with the virus. Thirteen of those patients are in critical care units and six are on ventilators.

The number of active confirmed cases in Knox County remained at two on Monday. Since the outbreak began in mid-March, 24 Knox County residents have contracted the new virus, 21 recovered and one person died. Three Knox County residents are or were hospitalized with the virus since the outbreak began.

The CDC reported that as of June 19, there have been 81 out-of-state people whose diagnoses were processed in Maine laboratories Twenty-three were residents of New Hampshire and 19 from Massachusetts. Some of those people live in New Hampshire but get their health care in Maine.

Forty-eight Maine residents have tested positive in other states.

Waldo County's active confirmed cases remained at zero on Monday. 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 Monday. There have been 21 overall cases and 18 recoveries.

The number of tests given as of June 22 was 87.311 with 3,924 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 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 504 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 466 in their 40s, 461 in their 30s, 448 in their 20s, 356 people in their 60s, 270 who were 80 or older, 260 in their 70s, and 206 who were younger than 20.

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

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