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Knox County sees three more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Saturday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 21, 2020
COVID-19 cases in Knox County.

Knox County reported three new cases and two additional recoveries, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday.

The slowdown in new cases in Knox County was enough to place schools back in the green category, according to the Maine Department of Education on Friday, Nov. 20.

And the CDC reported a new outbreak investigation at Rockland Marine Corporation on Mechanic Street in Rockland. As of Nov. 19, six cases have been diagnosed at that business.

The state saw an additional 165 cases during the past day with two additional deaths with active cases reaching a new record high.

Knox County had three more cases and two additional recoveries, the Maine CDC reported Nov. 21.

This increases the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 182. A hundred and nineteen of those people have recovered and three have died, according to the Maine CDC.

Thirteen of those people diagnosed required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County increased by one, reaching 60, the CDC reported Nov. 21.

Last weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention opened an outbreak investigation of COVID-19 associated with Northeast Mobile Health Services in Rockport involving four cases.

An outbreak was also reported earlier this month at Woodlands Memory Care of Rockland. That outbreak totals 35 cases and connected to one of the deaths in Knox County.

The North Haven Town Office also posted on its website Nov. 19 that there have been 18 cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5.

The CDC updated cases by the zip codes of the residences of the patients as of Nov. 15. Locally, Rockland has the most at 46 which includes the Woodlands Memory Care cases. Warren has 25 cases, Camden 20, North Haven six to 19, Owls Head six to 19, Waldoboro six to 19, Lincolnville 16, Union and Appleton (04862) 14, Rockport 13, and Thomaston 12. The following zip codes had one to five residents diagnosed with the virus -- Hope, Washington, South Thomaston, Spruce Head (04859), Cushing, Friendship, and Vinalhaven. No cases have been detected with Tenants Harbor residents (04860), and Islesboro.

As of Nov. 5, the CDC reported that in the previous two weeks, there 89 positive tests and 3,921 negative tests taken in Knox County.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at 47 due to one new case and one additional recovery, the CDC reported Nov. 21. There have been 132 cases overall, 84 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases decreased by six, falling to 29 with one new case and seven additional recoveries, the CDC reported Saturday. There have been 203 cases overall, 158 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Sixteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, an increase of one in the past day.

Statewide, there were 165 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 21. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 10,123.

There were 123 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 21, increasing the number to 7,713.

There was an additional death -- a Cumberland County man in his 70s. This increases the statewide death toll to 174 since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 41, reaching a record high of 2,236, the state reported Saturday.

There are currently a record high 90 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 49 in intensive care units, and 12 are on a respirator. Less than a month ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator. The number of people in intensive care statewide is up 12 from the previous day.

A total of 636 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine, an increase of eight in the past day.

Also, as of Nov. 11, there have been 357 positive tests of non-residents who have tested positive in Maine. Many of these people are New Hampshire residents who receive health care in Maine.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 18, 1,422 were healthcare workers, an increase of 23 in one day.

Of the 174 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 93 were 80 years old or older, 53 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five in their 50s, four people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 71 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 27 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, 15 in Kennebec, 15 in Androscoggin, 13 in Somerset, seven in Penobscot, three in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Franklin County, and one each in Lincoln, Aroostook and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 21, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,842 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,564 in their 50s, 1530 in their 30s, 1335 in their 40s, 1322 who were younger than 20, 1172 people in their 60s, 737 in their 70s and 621 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 10,123 cases statewide, 1,089 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 11% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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