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Knox County records two more cases, CDC reports on Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 08, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Two more Knox County residents were diagnosed with COVID-19, the state reported Thursday.

The number of active statewide cases of COVID-19 rose sharply, reaching the highest level in more than two weeks, the CDC reported Oct. 8.

Statewide, 35 new cases were reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 8. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,639.

There were an additional 20 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 8, increasing that number to 4,900.

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

This means statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 rose by 15, reaching 597, the state reported Oct. 8. This is the most active cases since Sept. 24.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

There were two more cases in Knox County, increasing the number of active cases to 13 which is tied for the most active cases the county has reported since the outbreak began in mid-March. There have been 50 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.

Knox County has recorded 17 new cases since Sept. 15.

Lincoln County active cases declined by one, dipping to seven, the CDC reported Oct. 8. The decrease was due to an additional recovery. There have been 50 cases overall, 42 recoveries, and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active declined by one, falling to six as a another recovery was recorded, the CDC reported Oct. 8. 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.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 7, there have been 286 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 11,180 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 Oct. 8, 1,077 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 459 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently nine people in the hospital, two 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 940 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 911 in their 50s, 855 in their 30s, 788 in their 40s, 680 who were younger than 20, 656 people in their 60s, 413 n their 70s, and 395 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 5,639 cases statewide, 983 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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Comments (1)
Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Oct 08, 2020 10:46

thx for all that you do to keep us informed, Steve. You seem to be very busy writing lately!!!!

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