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COVID-19 roller coaster continues Friday

By Stephen Betts | Aug 07, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Rockland — The number of active statewide COVID-19 rose Friday as the numbers continue to fluctuate up and down over the past month.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 7 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 17 cases, reaching 4,014.

There were an additional four recoveries statewide reported Aug. 7, increasing that number to 3,479

The number of statewide deaths remained at 124 since the first death in Maine was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Aug. 7 rose by 13 to reach 411. The active cases have fluctuated around 400 for the past month. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of Aug. 3, there have also been 170 nonresidents who have tested positive for the virus in Maine. That is an increase of 11 in a week.

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

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

Lincoln County's active cases remained at three on Friday. There have been 34 overall cases, 30 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Aug, 7, 907 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 393  people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 11 people in the hospital, three in critical care, and one on a ventilator.

The number of tests given as of Aug. 7 was 189,483 with 5,440 of those tests (2.9 percent) being positive.

Of the 124 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 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 12, Kennebec 11, seven 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. 7, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 659 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 651 in their 20s, 617 in their 30s, 600 in their 40s, 471 people in their 60s, 368 who were younger than 20, 326 who were 80 or older, and 322 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 4,014 cases statewide, 887 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 (1)
Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Aug 07, 2020 11:17

Again, thank you for the updates!

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