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Midcoast sees eight more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Wednesday

Ferry terminal in Rockland closed Wednesday due to COVID-19

By Stephen Betts | Mar 31, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

The Maine Department of Transportation closed the Maine State Ferry Service Rockland Ferry Terminal Wednesday morning March 31 in response to an employee testing positive for COVID-19.

During the building closure, members of the traveling public can still board ferries in Rockland. They will be able to pay their fares upon arrival at the island terminals.

MaineDOT was informed of the test result Wednesday morning and notified coworkers. The department is working with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention to identify close contacts of this individual, who is isolating and was last in the office on March 26. No members of the public have been identified as close contacts.

MaineDOT temporarily closed the Rockland terminal office as a precaution, to allow time for close contacts to be notified and for appropriate cleaning and sanitizing per guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state said it expects the building will reopen on Friday morning.

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

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 806 cases, and five deaths. The number of people who have been hospitalized in Knox County at some point since the pandemic began in mid-March remained at 30.

The CDC also reports 22,769 vaccinations have been administered in Knox County — 14,259 with the first doses and 8,510 with the second doses. This is an increase of 326 vaccinations in the past day.

Knox County's overall population is estimated at about 40,000 people.

Lincoln County reported four additional cases on March 31.

Lincoln County has had 657 cases, and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began remained at 17.

The CDC reported 21,287 vaccinations have been administered in Lincoln County — 13,292 first doses and 7,995 second doses. This was an increase of 510 in the past day.

Waldo County reported one additional case on March 31.

Waldo County has had 706 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-seven residents have been hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began, an increase of one in the past day.

The CDC reported 19,324 vaccinations have been administered in Waldo County — 12,168 first doses and 7,156 second doses. This was an increase of 596 in the past day.

Statewide, there were 251 new cases reported March 31.

Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 50,504.

There were five additional deaths reported March 31, increasing the number to 743 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. The deaths were a resident each of Cumberland, York, Kennebec, Oxford, and Washington counties. Two of the people were in their 70s and three in their 80s.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,669 an increase of three in the past day.

There are currently 78 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 24 people in intensive care units and seven on ventilators.

Of the 743 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 408 were 80 years old or older, 193 were in their 70s, 68 were in their 60s, 31 in their 50s, 11 people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age ranges of the most recent deaths have not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 186 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 126 deaths, 88 in Penobscot, 59  in Androscoggin, 58 in Kennebec, 56 in Oxford County, 44 in Aroostook, 35 in Hancock County, 27 in Somerset, 19 in Waldo County, 15 in Washington County, 12 in Franklin County, five in Knox County, four in Piscataquis, three in Sagadahoc, and two in Lincoln County.

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