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Knox County records new case, three recoveries, CDC reports Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 07, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide cases of COVID-19 dipped slightly again, the CDC reported Oct. 7.

Statewide, 39 new cases were reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 7. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,604.

There were an additional 41 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 7, increasing that number to 4,880.

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

This means statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 declined by two, falling to 582, the state reported Oct. 7.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County dropped by two, falling to 11 on Oct. 7. This was due to an additional case being diagnosed in a Knox County resident as well as three county residents recovering from the new virus. There have been 48 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck. Thirty-six people have recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Lincoln County active cases dropped by four, falling to eight, the CDC reported Oct. 7. The decline was due to four recoveries. There have been 50 cases overall, 41 recoveries, and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active caseload increased by one, reaching seven, the CDC reported Oct. 7. This was due to an additional case being diagnosed. There have been 79 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, 459 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently seven people in the hospital, one in critical care and none 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. 7, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 936 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 907 in their 50s, 847 in their 30s, 782 in their 40s, 674 who were younger than 20, 652 people in their 60s, 411 n their 70s, and 394 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 5,604 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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