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Midcoast cases remain low as state COVID-19 status worsens

By Stephen Betts | Sep 17, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 rose to its highest level since early June, the state reported Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 19 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 30, reaching 5,035.

There were only an additional 11 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 19, increasing that number to 4,346.

And another Somerset County resident died with the virus, the CDC reported Saturday. This increases the number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March to 139. The deaths in Somerset County have been at an elderly care center and tied to a wedding in early August in the Millinocket area.

This means the number of active confirmed cases statewide as of Sept. 19 rose by 18, reaching 550. This is the highest number of active cases since June 8. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 15 that there have been 254 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine out of 9,433 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. And the CDC said that some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The number of active cases involving Knox County residents remained at four, the CDC reported Saturday. There have been 35 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Thirty of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Knox County continues to have one of the lowest number of cases in Maine. Only Washington and Piscataquis counties have fewer cases in Maine.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents declined by one, falling to one, the CDC said Saturday. This was due to an additional recovery. There have been 73 residents diagnosed, 58 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at four, the CDC reported Saturday. There have been three new cases of Lincoln County residents during the past two days. There have been 39 overall cases, 34 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 14, 1,010 have been healthcare workers and 933 have recovered.

Since the outbreak began, 439 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 11 people in the hospital, five in critical care and one on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 17 that of the 68,629 tests given during the past two weeks, 366 (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 139 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 73 were 80 years old or older, 43 were in their 70s, 13 were in their 60s, four in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age range of the most recent death was not yet available.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak with 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot,  and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 19, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 893 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 819 in their 50s, 771 in 771 heir 30s, 731 in their 40s, 577 people in their 60s, 539 who were younger than 20, 381 in their 70s, and 367 who were 80 or older.

Women accounted for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 5,035 cases statewide, 961 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 19% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Sep 20, 2020 06:52

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