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No changes in Knox, Lincoln or Waldo counties

Little change in COVID-19 cases May 31

By Stephen Betts | May 31, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of new cases of COVID-19 was slightly outpaced Sunday by recoveries.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday, May 31,            there were an additional 43 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,325.

There were an additional 47 recoveries statewide May 31, increasing the number to 1,552.

There were no additional deaths reported Sunday, leaving the number of deaths of people diagnosed with the virus to 89 since the first death was reported March 27. 50 of those deaths were Cumberland County residents, 10 in York County, nine Kennebec County, and 14 in Waldo County.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine decreased by four to 684. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases. The cases first surpassed 700 May 23, surpassed 600 May 20, and 500 on May 10.

Since the outbreak began, 283 people have been hospitalized in Maine. As of May 31, 49 people were still in a hospital with the virus. 18 of those patients are in critical care units and 10 are on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said 523 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active confirmed or probable Knox County cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday remained at two for the ninth consecutive day. Since the outbreak began, there were 20 cases and 18 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases Sunday remained at one, with 51 overall cases, 36 recoveries and 14 deaths. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases on Sunday remained at six with 20 overall cases and 14 recoveries.

There have been 55 people from outside Maine who tested positive in a Maine laboratory a week ago, but 23 of those people are from New Hampshire and their tests were sent to a Maine lab.

The number of tests given were 43,480 as of May 27 with 5.2% coming in as positive. Shah stressed these were the number of tests, not the number of people tested since some people were tested more than once.

Of the 89 Maine people with COVID-19 who died as of Sunday, 48 were 80 years old or older, 27 were in their 70s, eight were in their 60s, four in their 50s and two people in their 40s.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 31, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 416 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 364 in their 40s, 312 people in their 60s, 328 in their 30s, 307 in their 20s, 235 in their 70s, 244 who were 80 or older, and 119 who were younger than 20. Most of the new cases in the past few days have been people in their 40s and younger.

52% of the confirmed cases were women and 48% men.

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