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Midcoast sees 12 more cases of virus

Dr. Shah urges young people to get vaccinated

By Stephen Betts | Apr 30, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

Maine Director of the Center for Disease Control Dr. Nirav Shah urged young people to get vaccinated, saying recent case trends shows that the virus can strike them hard and claim lives.

The trend for the past several weeks has been a significant rise of cases for younger people. A much greater percentage of people 60 and older are vaccinated.

Two people in their 20s have died during the past week in Maine, Dr. Shah said during his April 29 briefing. He said even if the virus is not fatal, it can have long lasting impact and result in younger people missing extended periods of school or work.

Knox County reported five additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 977 cases and five deaths. The number of people who were hospitalized in Knox County at some point since the pandemic began in mid-March remained at 32.

The CDC also reports 37,298 vaccinations were administered in Knox County, 20,088 with the first doses and 17,210 with the second doses. This is an increase of 365 in the past day. This means 60 percent of all Knox County residents have had at least one vaccination and 51 percent all required shots.

Lincoln County reported six additional cases April 30.

An outbreak has occurred at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. As of April 28, 27 inmates and three employees have been diagnosed with the virus.

Lincoln County has had 863 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began increased by one for the second consecutive day, now reaching 21.

The CDC reported 33,514 vaccinations were administered in Lincoln County — 18,758 first doses and 14,756 second doses. This is an increase of 446 in the past day.

Waldo County reported one additional case April 30.

Waldo County has had 833 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-nine residents were hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported 32,155 vaccinations were administered in Waldo County — 17,320 first doses and 14,835 second doses. This is an increase of 808.

Statewide, there were 268 additional cases reported April 30.

Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 61,213.

There were two additional deaths reported April 30, increasing the number to 784 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. Both deaths were residents of Androscoggin County -- one person was in their 70s and one in their 80s.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,847, an increase of seven in the past day.

Currently there are 125 people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19, 46 in critical care units, and 15 on ventilators.

Of the 784 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 419 were 80 years old or older, 203 were in their 70s, 73 were in their 60s, 34 in their 50s, 13 people in their 40s, one in their 30s, and four in their 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 189 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 130 deaths, 89 in Penobscot, 70 in Androscoggin, 66 in Kennebec, 62 in Oxford County, 45 in Aroostook, 36 in Hancock County, 29 in Somerset, 19 in Waldo County, 15 in Washington County, 12 in Franklin County, eight in Sagadahoc, six in Piscataquis, five in Knox County, and two in Lincoln County.

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