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Midcoast sees 11 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Tuesday

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

Knox County had five more residents diagnosed with COVID-19 and six additional recoveries the past day, according to the state Nov. 17.

The state saw a near record 246 new cases during the past day with an additional death.

This brings the total number of Knox county resident diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 172. A hundred of those people recovered and two died, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Eleven of those people diagnosed required hospitalization, an increase of one in the past day.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County decreased by one, falling to 70, the CDC reported Nov. 17

Knox County has recorded 139 new cases since Sept. 15.

During the past weekend, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention opened an outbreak investigation of COVID-19 associated with Northeast Mobile Health Services in Rockport.

The investigation included four cases as of Nov. 16, the CDC reported. Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said this was one of 14 outbreak investigations that have begun statewide in the past 72 hours.

The North Haven Town Office also posted on its website Nov. 16 that there have been 15 confirmed and two presumptive cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5. There have been no additional cases in the past few days.

The CDC issued Nov. 13 an updated case count by zip code as of Nov. 8.

It shows 42 Rockland residents have been diagnosed with the virus. This includes residents of Woodlands Memory care of Rockland where there was an outbreak. Warren has had 22 cases. North Haven six to 19 although the town office on North Haven has reported 16 cases on the island. There have been 16 cases in Lincolnville; 15 cases in Camden; Rockport 13; Union and Appleton has had 12; Waldoboro six to 10; Thomaston nine; one to five cases reported in Cushing, Friendship, Owls Head, Vinalhaven, Hope, Washington, and Spruce Head; and none reported in South Thomaston, Tenants Harbor and Islesboro.

As of Nov. 5, the CDC reported that in the previous two weeks, there 89 positive tests and 3,921 negative tests taken in Knox County.

Lincoln County's active cases increased by three, reaching to 42 due to six new cases and three additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 17. There have been 113 cases overall, 70 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases dropped by two, falling to 37 with no new cases and two additional recoveries, the CDC reported Tuesday. There have been 194 cases overall, 141 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Statewide, there were 246 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 17. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 9,363. There have been 3,430 new cases diagnosed in the past 24 days — an average of 172 cases daily.

There were 195 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 17, increasing the number to 7.025.

There was another death reported — a York County woman in her 90s -- increasing the statewide death toll to 166 since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 50, increasing to a record high 2,172, the state reported.

There are currently 69 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 28 in intensive care units, and seven are on a respirator. Three weeks ago, only seven people were in the hospital with none in intensive care units and none on a ventilator.

A total of 589 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine.

Also, as of Nov. 11, there have been 357 positive tests of non-residents who have tested positive in Maine. Many of these people are New Hampshire residents who receive health care in Maine.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 13, 1,340 were healthcare workers.

Of the 166 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 88 were 80 years old or older, 51 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 25 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, 14 in Androscoggin, 13 in Kennebec, 12 in Somerset, seven in Penobscot, two in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Franklin County, and one each in Lincoln, Aroostook and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 17, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,678 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,456 in their 50s, 1420 in their 30s, 12040 in their 40s, 1214 who were younger than 20, 1084 people in their 60s, 691 in their 70s and 580 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 9,363 cases statewide, 1,059 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 11% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | Nov 17, 2020 14:19

Some had better read this before continuing to be so cavalier about the guidelines:

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