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Waldo County reports additional case of COVID-19

Knox County reports two recoveries

By Stephen Betts | Sep 06, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 rose slightly, reaching its highest level in two months, the state reported Sunday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 6 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 15, reaching 4,682.

There were an additional 12 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 6, increasing that number to 4,049.

The number of Mainers to die from the new virus since the outbreak began in Maine remained at 134.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Sept. 6 rose by three, reaching 499. This is the most active cases statewide since July 8. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported Sept. 3 that there have been 238 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine. This is not broken down by the county they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. And the CDC said that some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The number of active cases of Knox County residents with the virus declined by two, falling to three on Sunday. That decline is due to additional recoveries reported Sunday. There have been 33 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Twenty-nine of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

The CDC said Friday there was no evidence of community transmission in Knox County.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents increased by one due to a new case being reported, the CDC reported Sunday. There have been 71 residents diagnosed, 55 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March, meaning there are two active cases.

Lincoln County active cases remained at two on Sunday. There have been 36 overall cases, 33 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 3, 986 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 424 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently five people in the hospital, two in critical care and two on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 3 that of the 59,64 tests given during the past two weeks, 357 (0.6 percent) have been positive.

Of the 134 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 70 were 80 years old or older, 43 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 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, six in Penobscot, three in Somerset, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 6 the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 799 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 756 in their 50s, 721 in their 30s, 680 in their 40s, 536 people in their 60s, 483 who were younger than 20, 359 in their 70s, and 348 who were 80 or older.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 4,682 cases statewide, 942 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 20% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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