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Outbreak investigated at Northeast Mobile Health Services

Five more COVID-19 cases in Knox County, CDC reports Monday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 16, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

During the weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention opened an outbreak investigation of COVID-19 associated with Northeast Mobile Health Services in Rockport.

The investigation included four cases as of Monday, the CDC reported. Those cases were added to the Knox County numbers released Monday morning. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said that this was one of 14 outbreak investigations that have begun statewide in the past 72 hours.

The state reported an additional 173 cases on Monday but no additional deaths.

Knox County had five more residents diagnosed with the new virus and two additional recoveries, according to the CDC on Nov. 16. This brings the total number of Knox county resident diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 167. Ninety-four of those people have recovered and two have died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ten of those people diagnosed have required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County increased by three, reaching 71, the CDC reported Nov. 16

Knox County has recorded 134 new cases since Sept. 15.

The North Haven Town Office posted on its website Nov. 13 that there are 15 confirmed and two presumptive cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5.

The CDC also issued Friday, an updated case count by zip code as of Nov. 8. That shows that 42 Rockland residents have been diagnosed with the virus. This includes residents of Woodlands Memory care of Rockland where there was an outbreak. Warren has had 22 cases. North Haven six to 19 although the town office on North Haven has reported 16 cases on the island. There have been 16 cases in Lincolnville; 15 cases in Camden; Rockport 13; Union and Appleton (zip code 04862) has had 12; Waldoboro six to 10; Thomaston nine; one to five cases reported in Cushing, Friendship, Owls Head, Vinalhaven, Hope, Washington, and Spruce Head (zip code 04860); and none reported in South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor, and Islesboro.

As of Nov. 5, the CDC reported that in the previous two weeks, there 89 positive tests and 3,921 negative tests taken in Knox County.

Lincoln County's active cases decreased by three, falling to 39 due to one new case and four additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 16. There have been 107 cases overall, 67 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at 39 with no new cases or recoveries, the CDC reported Monday. There have been 194 cases overall, 139 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Many of the newer cases were associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks.

Waldo County also had an outbreak early in the summer at a long-term care facility in Belfast.

Statewide, there were 173 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 16. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 9,177. There have been 3,164 new cases diagnosed in the past 23 days.

There were 149 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 16, increasing the number to 6,830.

There were no additional deaths, keeping the number of deaths from the virus in Maine to 165.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 24, increasing to a record high 2,122, the state reported Nov. 16.

There are currently 71 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 24 in intensive care units, and seven people are on a respirator. Three weeks ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 577 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine.

Also, as of Nov. 11, there have been 357 positive tests of non-residents who have tested positive in Maine. Many of these people are New Hampshire residents who receive health care in Maine.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 13, 1,340 were healthcare workers.

Of the 165 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 88 were 80 years old or older, 51 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five 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 24 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, 14 in Androscoggin, 13 in Kennebec, 13 in Somerset, seven in Penobscot, two in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Franklin County, and one each in Lincoln, Aroostook and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 16, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,636 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,421 in their 50s, 1392 in their 30s, 1200 in their 40s, 1171 who were younger than 20, 1053 people in their 60s, 673 in their 70s and 571 who were 80 or older.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 9,117 cases statewide, 1,059 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 12% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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