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Knox County has reported 14 new cases in past three weeks

Knox County has two new cases, one recovery, CDC reports Tuesday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 06, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Two more Knox County residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the state reported Tuesday.

The number of active statewide cases of COVID-19 dropped, the CDC reported Oct. 6.

Statewide, 20 new cases were reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 6 . This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,565.

There were an additional 32 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 6, increasing that number to 4839.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 142 for the sixth consecutive day.

This means statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 dropped by 12, declining to 584, the state reported Oct. 6.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County increased to 13, the highest number since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March. The increase was due to two additional cases and one recovery. There have been 47 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck. Thirty-three people have recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has seen a steady increase in cases since Sept. 15. Since then, 14 new cases have been diagnosed, offset by some recoveries to raise the active caseload to 13.

Lincoln County active cases remained at 12, the CDC reported Oct. 6. There have been 50 cases overall, 37 recoveries, and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active caseload remains at six, the CDC reported Oct. 6. There have been 78 cases overall, 58 recoveries, and 14 deaths. Most of those cases occurred earlier in the summer at a long-term care facility.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Oct. 1 that he was concerned with the increasing number of cases throughout the state, many in counties that have had few cases until the past two weeks.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 29, there have been 271 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 10,685 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. The CDC said some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 29, 1,062 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 457 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, one in critical care and one on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 1 that of the 89,632 tests given during the past two weeks, 452  (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 142 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 75 were 80 years old or older, 43 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 17 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock and Oxford counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Oct. 6, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 930 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 897 in their 50s, 843 in their 30s, 779 in their 40s, 665 who were younger than 20, 651 people in their 60s, 409 in their 70s, and 391 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 52% of the confirmed cases and men 48%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 5,565 cases statewide, 980 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 17% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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