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One case associated with Camden-Rockport Middle School

Knox County reports three new COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Sunday

By Stephen Betts | Sep 27, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Three new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Knox County, including one associated with Camden-Rockport Middle School.

The Camden area school district sent out a letter Saturday to parents.

"Dear Families, This letter is to inform you that an individual associated with the Camden Rockport Middle School recently tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Because of our safety protocols, we have in place (masking, distancing, sanitizing, etc…) we are hopeful that there may not be secondary cases. Please monitor yourself and your children for signs and symptoms. Call a health care provider if you have any symptoms," the letter stated.

A source told the newspaper that the eighth grade class has been ordered to quarantine at home for 14 days.

The link to the full letter is below.

On Sept. 27, the Maine center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 39 Knox County residents have been diagnosed with the virus. That is an increase of three from the numbers reported Saturday. Thirty of the people recovered and one died since the outbreak began in mid-March in Maine. Those recoveries and deaths are unchanged from Saturday.

Lincoln County reported no new cases, but reported a fifth person hospitalized, according to the CDC. There have been 42 residents of Lincoln County diagnosed with 36 recovered and one who died.

There were no charge in the Waldo County numbers — 73 cases since the outbreak began in mid-March, 58 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 dropped by one, the state reported Sunday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 27 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 28, reaching 5,288.

There were an additional 29 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 27, increasing that number to 4,567.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 140 for the sixth consecutive day.

This means the number of active confirmed cases statewide as of Sept. 27 declined by one, falling to 581.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 22, there have been 258 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 9,820 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.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said while many of the new statewide cases are centered in York County, the spread could occur in any county.

He urged the public to follow the basic principles of science — using face coverings and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 24, 1,044 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 445 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently eight people in the hospital, one in critical care and none on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 24 that of the 84,339 tests given during the past two weeks, 435 (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 140 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 74 were 80 years old or older, 43 were in their 70s, 14 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 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County with 14 deaths, 11 in Kennebec, 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 Sept. 27, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who accounted for 886 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 841 in their 50s, 811 in their 30s, 758 in their 40s, 613 people in their 60s, 610 who were younger than 20, 390 in their 70s and 379 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 5,288 cases statewide, 978 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 18% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Conrad J Heyer | Sep 27, 2020 11:31

What is CRMS doing to address this?  Now this would be a community problem with all contact. They haven't said anything . Does school go as usual? No deep cleaning? Everything pretty quite. Parents and community should know.


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