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Knox County COVID-19 cases increase to seven

By Stephen Betts | Apr 02, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Seven Knox County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday.

This is up from five on Wednesday, April 1.

One person is hospitalized and one of the seven has recovered, according to the CDC.

The CDC statistics do not include seasonal residents or visitors who may have been diagnosed in Knox County. CDCs across the country classify patients based on their permanent home residence.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah has repeatedly recommended people to live their lives as though COVID-19 was in their community by adhering to physical distancing, and washing hands.

The number of Maine people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 increased again Thursday, April 2, reaching 376. This is up fro 344 a day earlier.

Ninety-four of those people have recovered and seven have died from the new virus. This means there are 275 people who currently have been diagnosed with the virus who are still sick.

Sixty-eight people across the state have been hospitalized since the outbreak began a few weeks ago.

On Saturday, Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport announced in a news release that two of its doctors were diagnosed with the new virus. Those doctors are self-isolating at their homes and their illnesses are mild.

The Maine Department of Corrections said one worker at the Bolduc Correctional Center in Warren tested positive for COVID-19. That worker, if a resident of Maine, would be included in one of the counties as well as the state total.

Lincoln County cases remain at eight with two people recovered and the number of cases of Waldo County residents remain at two with one person recovered. One of the Waldo County cases was a nurse who self-isolated.

The 344 cases on April 2 is more than double the 155 confirmed a week earlier.

Cumberland County accounts for the majority of the cases with 204. There are 74 York County residents confirmed with COVID-19. There are 19 in Kennebec County, 16 in Penobscot, 12 in Androscoggin, 10 in Sagadahoc, and smaller numbers in the other counties. Only Arookstook, Piscataquis, and Washington counties have yet to have a resident confirmed as having the new virus.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Sheri Bartlett | Apr 03, 2020 07:38

I commend you for discussing "active cases".  Other reporters and the CDC itself only highlights confirmed cases.  As we proceed, active cases will be the most important number as it will show first the slow down, topping off, and reduction of "active" cases. It will be the true measure of the success of the war on Covid-19.



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