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Midcoast sees 12 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports

Four more deaths reported statewide in past 24 hours
By Stephen Betts | Nov 10, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The three Midcoast counties saw 12 new COVID-19 cases and six new recoveries, the state reported Nov. 10.

Statewide, four more deaths were reported during the past day.

Three more people from Knox County were diagnosed with the virus, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Nov. 10. There were also four recoveries reported.

Since the outbreak began eight months ago, 144 people in Knox County have contracted the new virus, 75 have recovered and one person died. Eight people have required hospitalizations since the outbreak began.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County dropped by one, falling to 68, the CDC reported.

Knox County has recorded 111 new cases since Sept. 15.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said this past week, the virus is everywhere and 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 Nov. 9 there are 13 cases on the island as of Nov. 7, all diagnosed since Nov. 5. The state did not start an outbreak investigation on the island.

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 jumped by six due to six additional cases, with active cases now at 27, the CDC reported Nov. 10. There have been 86 cases overall, 58 recoveries and one death. Eight of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases increased by one, reaching 42 due to three additional cases and two additional recoveries.

A hundred new cases have been diagnosed in Waldo County since Oct. 15. There have been 180 cases overall, 123 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 163 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 10. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 8,060. There have been 2,016 new cases diagnosed in the past 17 days.

There were 80 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 10, increasing the number to 6.100.

Four additional deaths were reported — a woman in her 90s from York County, a man in his 90s from York County, a woman in her 80s from Somerset County and a man in his 70s from Kennebec County. This increases the number of deaths from the virus in Maine to 156.

This means number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 79, reaching a new record high of 1,804, the state reported Nov. 10.

The number of people in the hospital statewide continues to rise. There are currently 49 hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 14 in intensive care units, and five 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 538 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine — that is an increase of 36 in one week.

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, 83 were 80 years old or older, 48 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 23 deaths, Waldo County has 15 deaths, Kennebec 12, 11 in Androscoggin, 11 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. 10, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,419 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,272 in their 50s, 1231 in their 30s, 1079 in their 40s, 1031 who were younger than 20, 915 people in their 60s, 600 in their 70s and 513 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 8,060 cases statewide, 1,034 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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