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New statewide cases set record

Midcoast COVID-19 cases slow, CDC reports Monday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 09, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Rockland — Knox County saw no new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, the state reported Monday.

But statewide, there were a record 204 new cases.

The number of Knox County residents who have contracted the new virus since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 141, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Nov. 9. Eight of those people have required hospitalizations. One person has died since the outbreak began eight months ago.

There were two additional recoveries reported for Knox County, increasing that number since the start of the outbreak to 71, the CDC reported Monday.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County dropped by two, falling to 69, the CDC reported Monday.

Knox County has recorded 108 new cases since Sept. 15.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said this past week that the virus is everywhere and that transmissions can occur in residential settings where small groups of friends congregate. He recommended wearing masks and physical distancing when having indoor at-home gatherings.

The North Haven Town Office confirmed Monday that there are 13 cases on the island as of Saturday, all diagnosed since Thursday, Nov. 5.

The CDC also reports that during the past 14 days, out of 5,185 tests given to Knox County residents, 69 have been positive. The test numbers include people who have been tested multiple times.

Lincoln County's active cases dropped by one, falling to 21 because of an additional recovery, the CDC reported Nov. 9. There have been 80 cases overall, 58 recoveries and one death. Seven of those people were hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases  increased by two, reaching 21 because of two new cases, the CDC reported Nov. 9.

Ninety-seven new cases have been diagnosed in Waldo County since Oct. 15. There have been 177 cases overall, 121 recoveries and 15 deaths since mid-March. Fourteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, an increase of one during the past day.

Many of the newer cases were associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks.

Waldo County also had an outbreak early in the summer at a long-term care facility in Belfast.

Statewide, there were a record 204 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 9. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 7,897. There have been 1,853 new cases diagnosed in the past 16 days.

There were 85 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 9, increasing the number to 6.020.

The number of deaths statewide remained at 152 since the outbreak began in mid-March, the state reported Sunday

This means number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 119, reaching a new record high of 1,725, the state reported Nov. 9.

The number of people in the hospital statewide continues to rise. There are currently 48 hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 13 in intensive care units, and seven people are on a respirator. A little more than two weeks ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 529 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 6, 1,241 were healthcare workers. This is an increase of nearly 100 in one week.

There have been 314 out-of-state residents who have tested positive in Maine as of Oct. 28. Many of those are New Hampshire residents who get their medical care in Maine.

Of the 150 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 80 were 80 years old or older, 47 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five 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 21 deaths, Waldo County has 15 deaths, Kennebec 11, 11 in Androscoggin, 10 in Somerset, six in Penobscot, two in Oxford County, two in Franklin County, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 9, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,377 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,251 in their 50s, 1209 in their 30s, 1065 in their 40s, 1010 who were younger than 20, 898 people in their 60s, 586 in their 70s and 501 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 7,897 cases statewide, 1,031 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 14% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | Nov 09, 2020 09:37

Let's all be careful, wearing our masks and keeping a loving, caring distance until this crazy virus backs off.

I ate out on a deck yesterday at a nice restaurant with a friend, keeping distanced. Had a great meal and felt good knowing we were outside (bundled up). I want our businesses to stay alive!!!!  Knox county has been doing so well, please keep it up.


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