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COVID-19 status remains largely unchanged May 25

By Stephen Betts | May 25, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 dropped slightly on Memorial Day with no additional deaths across the state from the virus.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 25 there were an additional 19 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,074. Most of the new cases were in Cumberland and York counties.

There were an additional 27 recoveries statewide May 25, increasing that number to 1,290.

This number of deaths of people diagnosed with the virus remains at 78 since the first death was reported March 27. Forty of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents, nine each in York and Kennebec counties, and 14 in Waldo County.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Monday dropped by eight to 706. The cases first surpassed 700 on May 23, surpassed 600 on May 20, and 500 on May 10.

The CDC began ramping up last week the number of tests it could perform and an increase in confirmed cases had been expected.

Since the outbreak began, 257 people have been hospitalized in Maine. As of May 25, 59 people were still in a hospital with the virus. Twenty-seven of those patients are in critical care units, and 13 are on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 22 that 441 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active confirmed or probable Knox County cases of COVID-19 as of Monday remained at two for the third consecutive day. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 18 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases May 25 remained at one, with 51 overall cases, 36 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 on May 25 remained at eight.

There have been 55 people from outside Maine who have tested positive in a Maine laboratory, but 23 of those people are from New Hampshire and their tests were sent to a Maine lab.

The number of tests given have been 40,069 with 5.4 percent coming in as positive. Dr. Shah stressed that these were the number of tests not the number of people tested since some people were tested more than once.

Of the 78 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died, 41 have been 80 years old or older, 25 have been in their 70s, seven were in their 60s, three in their 50s, and two people in their 40s.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 25, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 378 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 322 in their 40s, 291 people in their 60s, 224 in their 70s, 235 who were 80 or older, 277 in their 30s, 257 in their 20s, and 90 who were younger than 20.

52% of the confirmed cases were women and 48% men.

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