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Midcoast sees 14 new cases, CDC reports Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 25, 2020
Case chart for Knox County

The three Midcoast counties saw 14 new cases of COVID-19 and 17 additional recoveries, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

Knox County had five more cases and six additional recoveries during the past day, the Maine CDC reported Nov. 25.

This increases the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 203. There have been 142 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 one, falling to 58, the CDC reported Nov. 25. This is down from a high of 71 Nov. 16.

An outbreak earlier this month at Woodlands Memory Care of Rockland has totaled 35 cases and connected to one of the deaths in Knox County.

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 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, Cushing, Friendship and Vinalhaven.

No cases have been detected with Tenants Harbor residents and Islesboro.

Lincoln County's active cases decreased by four, falling to 41 with three new cases and seven additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 25. There have been 149 cases overall, 106 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 six new cases and four additional recoveries, the CDC reported Wednesday. There have been 222 cases overall, 168 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Statewide, there were 228 new cases reported by the CDC. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 11,027.

There were a record 360 additional recoveries statewide, the CDC reported, increasing the number to 8,592.

There was an additional death, a Somerset County man in his 80s, increasing the statewide death toll since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March to 190.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 decreased by 133, falling to 2,245, the state reported Nov. 25.

There are currently a record 105 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 43 in intensive care units and nine are on a respirator.

A total of 678 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 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. 25, 1,546 were healthcare workers.

Of the 190 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 99 were 80 years old or older, 59 were in their 70s, 17 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 31 deaths, 19 in Somerset, 17 in Androscoggin, 16 in Waldo County, 15 in Kennebec, seven in Penobscot, four in Franklin County, three in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Lincoln and one each in Aroostook, Hancock and Washington counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,985 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,670 in their 50s, 1,623 in their 30s, 1,424 in their 40s, 1,402 who were younger than 20, 1,251 people in their 60s, 777 in their 70s and 668 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 10,799 cases statewide, 1,119 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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