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State reports 236 new cases, two deaths

Midcoast sees 15 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Sunday

By Stephen Betts | Nov 22, 2020

The three Midcoast counties have 15 more cases of COVID-19, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sunday.

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 236 cases during the past day with two additional deaths with active cases reaching yet a new record high.

Knox County had six more cases and no additional recoveries, the Maine CDC reported Nov. 22.

This increases the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 188. A hundred and nineteen of those people have recovered and three have died, according to the Maine CDC.

Thirteen of those people diagnosed required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County increased by six, reaching 66, the CDC reported Nov. 22.

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.

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 one, reaching 48 due to two new cases and one additional recovery, the CDC reported Nov. 22. There have been 134 cases overall, 85 recoveries and one death. Nine of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases increased by five, reaching 34 with seven new cases and two additional recoveries, the CDC reported Sunday. There have been 210 cases overall, 160 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Statewide, there were a near record high of 236 new cases reported by the CDC Nov. 22. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 10,359.

There were 78 new recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 22, increasing the number to 7,791.

There were two additional deaths -- a man in his 60s from Androscoggin County and a man in his 80s from Franklin County. This increases the statewide death toll to 176 since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 156, reaching a record high of 2,392, the state reported Sunday.

There are currently 86 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 41 in intensive care units, and 11 are on a respirator.

A total of 642 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. 18, 1,422 were healthcare workers, an increase of 23 in one day.

Of the 176 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 94 were 80 years old or older, 53 were in their 70s, 15 were in their 60s, five 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, and one each in Lincoln, 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 1,896 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,595 in their 50s, 1575 in their 30s, 1346 in their 40s, 1345 who were younger than 20, 1193 people in their 60s, 753 in their 70s and 638 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 10,359 cases statewide, 1,101 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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