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Knox County reports another COVID-19 case on Monday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 05, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by one, the CDC reported Monday.

Statewide, 26 new cases were reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 5 . This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,545.

There were an additional 25 recoveries statewide reported Oct. 5, increasing that number to 4807.

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

This means statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 rose by one, reaching 596, the state reported Oct. 5.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

An additional case involving a Knox County resident was diagnosed, the CDC reported Monday. That increases the active cases to 12, the most since the outbreak began in mid-March. There have been 45 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck. Thirty-two 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, 12 new cases have been diagnosed, offset by some recoveries to raise the active caseload to 12.

Lincoln County active cases remained at 12, the CDC reported Oct. 5. 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. 5. 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, 454 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 11 people in the hospital, two 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 who accounted for 928 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 890 in their 50s, 841 in their 30s, 777 in their 40s, 663 who were younger than 20, 649 people in their 60s, 406 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 5,545 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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Comments (1)
Posted by: richard krementz | Oct 05, 2020 18:55

On September 15 Knox county had only 3 active cases. Now we have 12 - a fourfold increase in just three weeks. Let's be vigilant, wear masks, wash hands, and social distance. If we don't, at this exponential growth rate we will have over 700 cases by Thanksgiving.

With the weather getting nippier, more people will be socializing inside,.

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