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Knox County sees another spike in COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Friday

By Stephen Betts | Mar 26, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

Knox County reported 10 additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

The Maine Department of Corrections reported Thursday evening, March 25 that there were 11 prisoners and one staff member who have contracted the virus.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 792 cases, and five deaths. The number of people who have been hospitalized in Knox County at some point since the pandemic began in mid-March increased by one in the past day, reaching 30.

The CDC also reports 21,783 vaccinations have been administered in Knox County — 13,605 with the first doses and 8,178 with the second doses. This is an increase of about 400 vaccinations in the past day.

Knox County's overall population is estimated at about 40,000 people.

Lincoln County reported three additional cases on March 26.

Lincoln County has had 642 cases, and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began remained at 17.

The CDC reported 19,706 vaccinations have been administered in Lincoln County — 12,434 first doses and 7,272 second doses.

Waldo County reported four additional cases on March 26.

Waldo County has had 687 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-six residents have been hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported 18,304 vaccinations have been administered in Waldo County — 11,452 first doses and 6,852  second doses.

Statewide, there were 253 new cases reported March 26.

Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 49,443.

There were no additional deaths reported March 26, keeping the number at 731 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah reported March 25 that while case numbers statewide have been increasing during the past few weeks, the numbers of deaths has declined. He credited the decline in deaths to vaccinations, pointing out that there have been no deaths in nursing homes during the past month.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,652, an increase of five in the past day.

There are currently 78 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 30 people in intensive care units and 11 on ventilators.

Of the 731 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 404 were 80 years old or older, 190 were in their 70s, 67 were in their 60s, 31 in their 50s, 10 people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age ranges of the most recent deaths have not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 185 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 125 deaths, 87 in Penobscot, 58  in Androscoggin, 54 in Oxford County, 53 in Kennebec, 44 in Aroostook, 35 in Hancock County, 27 in Somerset, 19 in Waldo County, 14 in Washington County, 12 in Franklin County, five in Knox County, three in Sagadahoc, two in Lincoln and three in Piscataquis.

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