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Knox County reports new case, two additional recoveries, CDC reports Friday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 09, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Another Knox County resident was diagnosed with COVID-19, the state reported Friday. There were also two additional recoveries reported.

There have been 51 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Thirty-eight people have recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has recorded 18 new cases since Sept. 15. On Thursday, the CDC announced it had begun 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.

Lonza issued a statement on Friday.

"As of Oct, 8, five employees who work at Lonza’s Rockland, Maine site have reported positive test results for COVID-19. Our affected employees are in quarantine and Lonza is providing support, as needed. The health and safety of our employees is Lonza’s top priority. Protective measures against COVID-19 onsite include daily temperature screening, social distancing on site, provision of mandatory personal protective equipment, increased cleaning schedules and a split team work arrangement. In addition, all workers who are not required on site work remotely.

There are 42 employees at the facility and they were divided into teams in March to ensure continuity in the event of an outbreak.

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

Statewide, 27 new cases were reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Oct. 9. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,666.

There were an additional 33 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 9, increasing that number to 4,933.

An Oxford County man in his 80s died, the CDC reported Friday. This was the first death in eight days. This increased the number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March to 143.

Thus the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 dropped by seven, falling to 590, the state reported Oct. 9.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

Lincoln County active cases declined by one due to an additional recovery, the CDC reported Oct. 9. There have been 50 cases overall, 43 recoveries, and one death which means the active cases are now six. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases also declined by one, falling to six because of an additional recovery, the CDC reported Oct. 9. There have been 79 cases overall, 59 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, 460 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, 76 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, two in Oxford County, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock 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 914 in their 50s, 862 in their 30s, 792 in their 40s, 689 who were younger than 20, 659 people in their 60s, 414 n their 70s, and 396 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 5,666 cases statewide, 985 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 (2)
Posted by: Stephen Betts | Oct 10, 2020 16:50

Yes, 12. And it remained at 12 on the Saturday report from the CDC.


Posted by: richard krementz | Oct 10, 2020 16:06

So, does this mean the active cases for Knox dropped to 12?

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