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Knox County reports new case, another recovery

By Stephen Betts | Oct 15, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across the state rose slightly, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported Thursday. There was an additional death reported in York County.

Statewide, 20 new cases were reported by the CDC on Oct. 15. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,836.

There were an additional 18 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 15, increasing the number to 5,070.

The death of the York County woman in her 90s increases the number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March to 144.

This means number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19  rose by one, reaching 622, the state reported Oct. 15.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County remained at 11, the CDC reported Thursday. There was another case diagnosed but that was offset by an additional recovery.

There have been 54 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Forty-two people have recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has recorded 21 new cases since Sept. 15. On Thursday, Oct. 8 the CDC announced it began to look into an outbreak at the Lonza biotechnology plant in Rockland. CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the department would look to see if one worker spread the virus to the others or if they each were exposed outside the facility. There were six cases reported at Lonza, according to the CDC.

Also Oct. 8, RSU 40 confirmed two individuals associated with Warren Community School tested positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County active cases increased by one with a new case diagnosed, the CDC reported Oct. 15. There have been 52 cases overall, 44 recoveries and one death. Five people have been hospitalized. This brings the active cases up to seven.

Waldo County's active cases dropped by one, falling to nine, the CDC reported Oct. 15. This was due to a case being removed from the Waldo County listings. There have been 84 cases overall, 61 recoveries and 14 deaths. Most of those cases occurred earlier in the summer at a long-term care facility. The number of active cases now stands at 10.

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. 15, 1,088 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 464 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently eight people in the hospital, three 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 144 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 77 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 18 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, two in Oxford County and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Oct. 15, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 961 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 937 in their 50s, 890 in their 30s, 813 in their 40s, 742 who were younger than 20, 668 people in their 60s, 420 in their 70s and 404 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 5,836 cases statewide, 989 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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