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Midcoast sees 14 more COVID-19 cases and one death, CDC reports Monday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 23, 2020
The CDC chart for Knox County cases.

The three Midcoast counties have 14 more cases of COVID-19, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday.

And another death was reported in Lincoln County -- a man in his 50s.

On Saturday, Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston decided to close for the two days it was to open this week -- Monday and Tuesday -- because of a positive COVID-19 case.

The CDC also reported Friday an outbreak investigation at Rockland Marine Corporation on Mechanic Street in Rockland. As of Nov. 19, six cases have been diagnosed at that business.

The state saw an additional 185 cases during the past day, the CDC reported Monday.

Knox County had six more cases and nine additional recoveries, the Maine CDC reported Nov. 23.

This increases the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 194. There have been 128 recoveries and three residents have died, according to the Maine CDC.

Thirteen of those people diagnosed required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County decreased by three, falling to 63, the CDC reported Nov. 23.

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

An outbreak was also reported earlier this month at Woodlands Memory Care of Rockland. That outbreak totals 35 cases and connected to one of the deaths in Knox County.

The North Haven Town Office also posted on its website Nov. 19 that there have been 18 cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5.

The CDC updated cases by the zip codes of the residences of the patients as of Nov. 15. Locally, Rockland has the most at 46 which includes the Woodlands Memory Care cases. Warren has 25 cases, Camden 20, North Haven six to 19, Owls Head six to 19, Waldoboro six to 19, Lincolnville 16, Union and Appleton (04862) 14, Rockport 13, and Thomaston 12. The following zip codes had one to five residents diagnosed with the virus -- Hope, Washington, South Thomaston, Spruce Head (04859), Cushing, Friendship, and Vinalhaven. No cases have been detected with Tenants Harbor residents (04860), and Islesboro.

Lincoln County's active cases increased by one, reaching 49 due to five new cases, three additional recoveries and the additional death, the CDC reported Nov. 23. There have been 139 cases overall, 88 recoveries and two deaths. Ten of the people diagnosed have been hospitalized, an increase of one in the past day.

Waldo County's active cases increased by two, reaching 36 with three new cases and one additional recovery, the CDC reported Monday. There have been 213 cases overall, 161 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Statewide, there were 185 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 23. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 10,544.

There were 195 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 23, increasing the number to 7,986.

The additional death increases the statewide death toll to 177 since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 decreased by 11, falling to 2,381, the state reported Monday.

There are currently a record 103 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 45 in intensive care units, and 11 are on a respirator. The 103 reported Monday was an increase of nine in the past day.

A total of 647 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. 23, 1,507 were healthcare workers.

Of the 177 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 94 were 80 years old or older, 53 were in their 70s, 15 were in their 60s, six in their 50s, four people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 71 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 27 deaths, Waldo County has 16 deaths, 16 in Androscoggin, 15 in Kennebec, 13 in Somerset, seven in Penobscot, three in Knox County, two in Oxford County, three in Franklin County, two in Lincoln, and one each in Aroostook and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,934 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,633 in their 50s, 1596 in their 30s, 1388 in their 40s, 1368 who were younger than 20, 1214 people in their 60s, 762 in their 70s and 649 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 10,544 cases statewide, 1,110 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 10% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Katherine Holland | Nov 24, 2020 07:07

Thank you for including the numbers of active cases in each county.

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