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Local COVID-19 cases jump, CDC reports Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Sep 30, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Two new cases of COVID-19 involving Knox County residents and five new cases involving Lincoln County residents were reported in the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention report on Sept. 30.

The two new cases in Knox County as well as an additional recovery means the number of active cases has risen to eight. There have been 41 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Thirty-two people have recovered and one person died.

Lincoln County saw a spike of five new cases, according to the CDC report on Wednesday. This jumps the active cases in that county to a high of 10. There have been 47 cases overall, 36 recoveries, and one death.

There was no change in Waldo County where there have been 74 cases overall, 58 recoveries, and 14 deaths. Most of those cases occurred earlier in the summer at a long-term care facility.

Statewide, 54 new cases were reported by the CDC on Wedneday, one of the sharpest increases seen during the pandemic. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,391.

There were an additional 49 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 30, increasing that number to 4,678.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 141.

This means statewide, the number of active confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19 rose by five, reaching 572, the state reported Sept. 30.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 22, there have been 258 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 9,820 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. The CDC said some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Sept. 24 that while many of the new statewide cases are centered in York County that the spread could occur in any county.

He urged the public to follow the basic principles of science -- using face coverings and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 28, 1,056 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 449 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently eight people in the hospital, five in critical care and one on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 24 that of the 84,339 tests given during the past two weeks, 435 (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 141 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 75 were 80 years old or older, 43 were in their 70s, 14 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 16 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, Hancock and Oxford counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 30, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 897 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 863 in their 50s, 818 in their 30s, 768 in their 40s, 634 who were younger than 20, 627 people in their 60s, 397 in their 70s, and 386 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 52% of the confirmed cases and men 48%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 5,391 cases statewide, 978 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 18% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (6)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Oct 02, 2020 04:52

Galatians 6:7 Do not be deceived: God is not to be mocked.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Oct 01, 2020 14:21

Well if you support Donald Trump and the people that support him Bill, you really are not helping to stop the spread. Personally I would be ashamed of these politicians.

Posted by: Bill Packard | Sep 30, 2020 17:30

Good to know, Richard.  When I changed from independent to Republican some years ago, I had no idea that I would be complicit in the spread of the COVID virus.  In fact, up until you declared me guilty, I thought the virus was doing what it does.  I had no idea it was all my fault.

Posted by: Jack Lane | Sep 30, 2020 16:24

Scott:   Well said.


Posted by: Scott Chiaramonte | Sep 30, 2020 13:20

We need to stop blaming others and be accountable for our own actions. Adults are acting like children with all this finger pointing. I know I don't make decisions based off what ANY politicians say or do. I do what's best for me and my family as any level headed adult does. I don't go around blaming others.

Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Sep 30, 2020 11:07

Only the tip of the iceberg. Watched the Patriots' game with my 93 year old stepmother Sunday; unmasked at 6 foot+ apart.  Was just notified that she tested positive for Covid and to contact my doctor.  Waiting for his response.   Great president we have sending mixed messages about the need to mask and social distance.  Every Republican is complicit because no one has stepped up and said, "NO MORE!".

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