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Nine more deaths reported statewide

Knox County corrections officer tests positive for COVID-19

Midcoast sees nine more cases of COVID-19, CDC reports
By Stephen Betts | Jan 05, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

Late last week, the Knox County Correctional Facility was informed of a corrections officer having tested positive of COVID-19.

Sheriff Tim Carroll said Jan. 5 that the Corrections Officer had not worked at the jail since the previous weekend.

In response and following the department's pandemic plan and working with Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and Department of Corrections, the Knox County Correctional Facility is closed to the public and all non-essential personnel to limit further exposure.

In coordination with the jail's medical provider there will be further testing of staff and inmates. The county was able to identify three other employees prior to working again at the jail that had close contact with the person testing positive and have also put them out on paid leave. They have since been tested with negative results on all three.

This is the first positive case of COVID-19 identified at the Knox County Correctional Facility since the start of the pandemic.

On Jan. 4, Thomaston announced the municipal building was to be closed through Jan. 5 for deep cleaning, after an employee tested positive for COVID1-9. There are four other employees quarantining.

There were nine new cases of COVID-19 reported in the three Midcoast counties, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

Nine more deaths were reported statewide Jan. 5.

Knox County reported one more case with no additional people completing the isolation, the CDC reported. In one week, there have been 32 more Knox County residents diagnosed with the virus.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 385 cases, 196 have completed isolation and four people died. The number of Knox County residents hospitalized since the outbreak began remained at 18, the CDC reported.

Lincoln County reported six new cases, the CDC reported.

Lincoln County has had 321 cases, 145 completed isolations and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations remained at 12. This is 30 more cases in the past week.

Waldo County reported two new cases, the CDC reported.

Waldo County has had 389 cases, 208 completed isolations, and 17 deaths. Nineteen residents have been hospitalized. There have been 13 cases in the past week.

Statewide, there were 597 new cases reported Jan. 5, with total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March to 26,565.

There were nine additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 5 — three in York County, two in Cumberland, two in Aroostook and one each in Penobscot and Somerset. This raised the state's death toll to 369 since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March. The latest victims were in their 70s, 80s, and 90s.

There have been 217 deaths statewide since Nov. 9.

The number of people hospitalized since the outbreak began has been 1,117, an increase of eight in the past day.

There are currently 191 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 50 people in intensive care units and 21 people on ventilators.

Of the cases statewide as of Jan. 4, 2,837 were healthcare workers.

Of the 369 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 201 were 85 years old or older, 100 were in their 70s, 34 were in their 60s, 15 in their 50s, four people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 106 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 68 deaths, 44 in Androscoggin, 29 in Kennebec, 22 in Somerset, 21 in Oxford County, 22 in Penobscot, 17 in Waldo County, 13 in Hancock County, 10 in Aroostook, five in Franklin County, four in Knox County, four in Washington County, two in Lincoln, one in Piscataquis and one in Sagadahoc.

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