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COVID-19 status show little change on Tuesday

By Stephen Betts | Sep 08, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 rose by two, the state reported Tuesday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 8 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 12, reaching 4,713.

There were an additional 10 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 8, increasing that number to 4,086.

The number of Mainers to die from the new virus since the outbreak began in Maine remained at 134 for the fourth consecutive day.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Sept. 8 rose by two, reaching 493. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported Sept. 8 that there have been 238 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine out of nearly 8,000 tests given. This is not broken down by the county they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. And the CDC said that some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The CDC took away one case from Knox County which reduced the number of active cases to three, the CDC reported Tuesday. There have been 33 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Twenty-nine of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Four of the new cases have been diagnosed during the past week. The CDC said Friday there was no evidence of community transmission in Knox County.

Knox County continues to have one of the lowest number of cases in Maine. Only Washington and Piscataquis counties have fewer cases in Maine.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents remained at three, the CDC said Tuesday. There have been 72 residents diagnosed, 55 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March. This means there are three active cases.

Lincoln County active cases dropped by one, falling to one on Tuesday because of an additional recovery. There have been 36 overall cases, 34 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 8, 999 have been healthcare workers and 933 have recovered.

Since the outbreak began, 429 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently eight people in the hospital, three in critical care and two on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 3 that of the 59,164 tests given during the past two weeks, 357 (0.6 percent) have been positive.

Of the 134 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 70 were 80 years old or older, 43 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 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, six in Penobscot, three in Somerset, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 8, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 804 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 762 in their 50s, 725 in their 30s, 689 in their 40s, 536 people in their 60s, 486 who were younger than 20, 361 in their 70s, and 350 who were 80 or older.

Women accounted for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 4,713 cases statewide, 945 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 20% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Sep 08, 2020 11:28

thank you for this explanation. I thought it had spread due to the wedding reception and you just explained it. Looks like we, here in Knox County are very responsible, or simply blessed!

Posted by: HANSCOM COLLINS & HALL, P.A. | Sep 08, 2020 10:23

Millinocket is in Penobscot County. 6 deaths, one that has been traced to the wedding. VS mentions counties, not specific towns. If you want info on the town, google the town - or that specific county. Penobscot, which includes Bangor, had 191 cases on 8/17, 10 days after that wedding. As of 9/7 they have 248. Last I heard the wedding was responsible for over 140 cases statewide...and climbing. VS is pretty good about the 3 counties they serve - Knox, Waldo, Lincoln - if you want info on other regions, check out their info.

Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Sep 08, 2020 10:03

Isn't Millinocket part of Maine? Why is it never mentioned? Have read on CNN online about well attended Millinocket Maine wedding reception. Have you read this also?

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