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118th death reported in state

COVID-19 cases Tuesday show decline

By Stephen Betts | Jul 21, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases declined, the state reported Tuesday.

But there was an additional death.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 21 there were an additional 12 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus statewide in the past day, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 3,723.

There were an additional 32 recoveries statewide July 21, increasing that number to 3,191.

There was an additional death reported, a Cumberland County man in his 70s, increasing the number 118 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 21 declined by 21, falling to 414.The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Thursday, July 16 that while Maine residents have done a great job in helping control the spread of the virus, that there was no room for complacency since it could flare up again like a forest fire.

The CDC reported that as of July 21, there have been 120 nonresidents who have tested positive for the disease in Maine. Cases are listed based on the town, county and state where the patient is a permanent resident. Those 120 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 Tuesday. 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 has no active confirmed cases. There have been 60 cases, 46 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in mid-March. Three of those recoveries were reported Saturday. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at eight on Tuesday. There have been 31 overall cases and 23 recoveries. Three people have been hospitalized. Lincoln County has reported five new cases in the past week.

Of the cases statewide as of July 21, 861 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 377 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 12 people in the hospital, 10 in critical care, and four on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 21 was 147,261 with 4,950 of those tests (3.4 percent) being positive.

Of the 118 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 62 were 80 years old or older, 36 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 10, five in Penobscot, five in Androscoggin, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 21, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 602 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 592 in their 20s, 565 in their 30s, 564 in their 40s, 430 people in their 60s, 349 who were younger than 20, 312 who were 80 or older, and 297 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 3,687 cases statewide, 843 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 23 percent of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2 percent of Maine's population.

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