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123rd death reported in state

Knox County reports new COVID-19 case as state sees increase

By Stephen Betts | Jul 31, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 cases rose again for the third consecutive day, the state reported Friday.

And Knox County reported an additional case, according to the state.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported July 31 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 24 cases, reaching 3,912.

There were an additional 16 recoveries statewide reported July 31, increasing that number to 3,361.

An Androscoggin main his 60s died, the state reported Friday. This brings the number of deaths statewide to 123 since the first death of a Maine resident was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases as of July 31 rose by seven to 428. This is the most active cases since July 20. The number of active cases have fluctuated around the 400 mark for the past three weeks. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of July 23, there have been 145 nonresidents who have tested positive for the disease in Maine. That is an increase of about 20 in less than a week. Cases are listed based on the town, county and state where the patient is a permanent resident. Those 145 cases are not included in the cases for Maine. Many of those cases are New Hampshire residents who receive their healthcare in Maine, according to the Maine CDC.

The CDC reported Friday another case involving a Knox County resident, increasing the active cases to two. That increases to 26 Knox County residents who have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-three of those residents recovered and one person died since the outbreak began. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases dropped to zero on Friday due to an additional recovery. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 48 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at three on Friday. There have been 33 overall cases, 29 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of July 30, 892 have been healthcare workers. All but 67 have recovered and no healthcare worker in Maine has died.

Since the outbreak began, 388 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 11 people in the hospital, eight in critical care, and five on ventilators.

The number of tests given as of July 31 was 170,419 with 5,221 of those tests (3.1 percent) being positive.

Of the 123 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 were 80 years old or older, 39 were in their 70s, 12 were in their 60s, four 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 68 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 12, Kennebec 12, six in Androscoggin, five in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock, and Somerset counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of July 31, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 638 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 637  in their 20s, 602 in their 30s, 587 in their 40s, 454 people in their 60s, 357 who were younger than 20, 320 who were 80 or older, and 317 in their 70s.

Women accounted for 52% of the confirmed cases and men 48%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 3,912 cases statewide, 872 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 22 percent of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2 percent of Maine's population.

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