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Knox County sees new COVID-19 case, additional recovery

By Stephen Betts | Aug 05, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active statewide COVID-19 dropped for the second straight day, the state reported Wednesday.

Knox County also reported a 27th case and an additional recovery,.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Aug. 5 that the number of active confirmed or probable cases increased by 17 cases, reaching 3,992.

There were an additional 32 recoveries statewide reported Aug. 5, increasing that number to 3,456.

There was an additional death, a Cumberland County man in his 70s, increasing the number of statewide deaths to 124 since the first death in Maine was reported March 27.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Aug. 5 dropped by 16 to 412. The active cases have fluctuated around 400 for the past month. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported that as of Aug. 3, there have also been 170 nonresidents who have tested positive for the virus in Maine. That is an increase of 11 in a week.

The number of active cases in Knox County remained at two as of Wednesday because of the additional case offset by an additional recovery. There have been 27 Knox County residents who have been diagnosed with the new virus since the outbreak began in mid-March. Twenty-four of those residents recovered and one person died. Four Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases remained at zero on Wednesday. Since the start of the outbreak, there have been 62 Waldo County residents diagnosed, 48 recoveries and 14 deaths.

Lincoln County's active cases dropped by two on Wednesday. There was an additional recovery as well as one case being removed from Lincoln County which generally means the patient lived elsewhere. There have been 33 overall cases, 30 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, 390  people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 12 people in the hospital, one in critical care, and one on a ventilator.

The number of tests given as of Aug. 5 was 184,264 with 5,385 of those tests (3 percent) being positive. The number of tests in Knox County during the past two weeks have totaled 1,073 with only one positive.

Of the 124 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 63 were 80 years old or older, 40 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 69 of the deaths being residents from there. Waldo County has 14 deaths, York 12, Kennebec 11, seven 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 Aug. 5, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 659 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 648 in their 20s, 611 in their 30s, 596 in their 40s, 466 people in their 60s, 368 who were younger than 20, 324 who were 80 or older, and 320 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 3,992 cases statewide, 887 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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