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23 more cases reported in Midcoast counties

Maine CDC reports 41 more COVID-19 deaths on Friday

By Stephen Betts | Jan 08, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

The number of deaths statewide from COVID-19 increased by 41, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. A record number of new cases was also reported on Friday.

The number of people hospitalized, in critical care units, and on ventilators also are spiking.

There were 23 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the three Midcoast counties, according to the CDC on Jan. 8.

Knox County reported six additional cases with no additional people completing the isolation, the CDC reported Jan. 8.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 405 cases, 196 have completed isolation and four people died. The number of Knox County residents hospitalized since the outbreak began remained at 18, the CDC reported.

Lincoln County reported 14 new cases and three additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 8.

The Miller School in Waldoboro issued a letter Jan. 6 to parents notifying that a person associated with the school had tested positive.

Lincoln County has had 348 cases, 152 completed isolations and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations remained at 13.

Waldo County reported three new cases and no additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 8.

Waldo County has had 395 cases, 208 completed isolations, and 17 deaths. Twenty residents have been hospitalized.

Statewide, there were 782 new cases reported Jan. 8. This was a record number, exceeding the previous record of 748 on Dec. 23. Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 28,407.

There were a record 41 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 8 -- eight from Aroostook County, six each from York and Hancock counties, five from Oxford, four from Kennebec, three each from Androscoggin and Penobscot, two each from Cumberland and Franklin, and one each from Somerset and Washington counties. This raised the state's death toll to 426 since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said at Friday's briefing that six of the 51 deaths had occurred in the past 48 hours while the remaining 35 deaths had occurred in December. Dr. Shah said that the state office that handles death certificates have provided the agency with reports of those deaths and that it can take weeks.

There have been 274 deaths statewide since Nov. 9.

The number of people hospitalized since the outbreak began has been 1,150, an increase of 26 in the past day.

There are currently 205 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 56 people in intensive care units and 26 people on ventilators.

Of the cases statewide as of Jan. 8, 3,041 were healthcare workers.

Of the 426 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 231 were 85 years old or older, 111 were in their 70s, 39 were in their 60s, 16 in their 50s, five people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age ranges of the most recently reported 41 deaths has not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 110 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 78 deaths, 47 in Androscoggin, 34 in Kennebec, 28 in Oxford County, 27 in Penobscot, 23 in Somerset, 22 in Hancock County, 20 in Aroostook, 17 in Waldo County, seven in Franklin County, five in Washington County,  four in Knox County, two in Lincoln, one in Piscataquis and one in Sagadahoc.

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