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Knox County continues to show one of lowest rates of COVID-19

By Stephen Betts | Jun 23, 2020
Photo by: Stephen Betts Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention offered more details June 23 on the spread of COVID-19 across the state.

The figures showed Knox County has one of the lowest rates per population.

The CDC reported that as of Tuesday, June 23, there have been 19 confirmed cases and five probable cases of the new virus among Knox County residents since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-one of those residents recovered and one person died since the outbreak began. Three Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

This translates to six cases per 10,000 residents. The Knox County rate is dramatically less than state rate of 22.4.

Rates vary from a low of 0.6 per 10,000 residents for Washington County to a high of 52.9 for Cumberland County.

The per population rate for Waldo County is 13.9 and for Lincoln County it is 6.1.

Waldo County's active confirmed cases remained at zero June 23. There have been 55 overall cases, 41 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 remained at three on Tuesday. There have been 21 overall cases and 18 recoveries.

The CDC reported that as of June 19, there have been 81 out-of-state people whose diagnoses were processed in Maine laboratories 23 were residents of New Hampshire and 19 from Massachusetts. Some of those people live in New Hampshire but get their health care in Maine.

48 Maine residents have tested positive in other states.

Statewide June 23, the number of active cases statewide of COVID-19 dropped to the lowest level since May 6.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 23 there were an additional 23 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,994.

There were an additional 37 recoveries statewide June 23, increasing that number to 2,443.

The number of deaths remained at 102 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27. There has been no deaths during the past five days.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of June 23 declined by 14, dropping to 449. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases.

During his Friday updated, Dr. Nirav Shah, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, praised Maine residents for their efforts in reducing the spread of the virus.

"The proof of our success is in the pudding," he said.

He pointed out that Maine has the 42nd fewest cases per capita and the lowest in the Northeast. He said, however, residents need to continue to take precautions including wearing face coverings and maintaining physical distancing.

Of the overall cases as of June 19, 743 infected were health care workers.

Since the outbreak began, 339 people have been hospitalized in Maine. As of June 23, 24 people are still in a hospital with the virus. 12 of those patients are in critical care units and six are on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of June 23 was 88,492 with 3,952 of those tests (slightly less than 5%) being positive.

Of the 102 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 51 were 80 years old or older, 34 were in their 70s, nine were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s. The age of the most recent death is expected to be released later today.

Cumberland County has seen the worse of the outbreak with 58 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 11, Kennebec nine, four in Androscoggin, two in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of June 23, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 507 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 470 in their 40s, 465 in their 30s, 453 in their 20s, 358 people in their 60s, 270 who were 80 or older, 263 in their 70s and 208 who were younger than 20.

51% of the confirmed cases were women and 49% men.

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Jun 24, 2020 08:26

For all who wear our masks in public and avoid large gatherings, THANK YOU!   Also our governor does have a big part to play in the low cases here in Maine.  Kuddos to Governor Mills.  Thank you for your strict laws regarding COVID-19.  Although it was hard in the beginning, your common sense in what was best for this State paid off.

Posted by: Stephen Betts | Jun 23, 2020 20:32


Yes, active cases dropped 14, not 44. That was a typo. Thank you.

Posted by: David Magee | Jun 23, 2020 18:33

Stephen -

Thanks for doing these daily updates.  Is that a typo - didn't the number of active or confirmed cases decrease by 14 , not 44?  Keep up the good work!

Dave Magee

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