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16 more deaths reported across Maine

Midcoast sees 19 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Friday

Cushing town office closes early Friday after positive test
By Stephen Betts | Jan 15, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

There were 19 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the three Midcoast counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.

There were 16 more deaths reported statewide as Maine saw a near record with 823 new cases reported in the past day.

Knox County reported four additional cases with one additional person completing isolation, the CDC reported Jan. 15.

The Cushing town office closed early Friday after someone associated with the office tested positive. The town's emergency medical crews will be cleaning the town offices and the offices will reopen as scheduled for Wednesday. Monday is a holiday and the offices do not open on Tuesdays.

The Maine Department of Corrections reported the Maine State Prison,as a result of three staff testing positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year, has commenced testing a group of residents and staff. Thus far,no residents have tested positive and no other staff have tested positive.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 466 cases, 198 have completed isolation and four people died. The number of Knox County residents hospitalized since the outbreak began remained at 18, the CDC reported.

Lincoln County reported seven new cases and two additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 15.

Lincoln County has had 385 cases, 156 completed isolations and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations increased by one in the past day, reaching 14.

Waldo County reported eight more cases and no additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 15.

Waldo County has had 423 cases, 210 completed isolations, and 18 deaths. Twenty residents have been hospitalized.

Statewide, there was a near record 823 new cases new cases reported Jan. 15. Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 32,781. There were an additional 36 completed isolations, increasing that number to 11,876.

The 823 new cases is one short of the record of 824 set only two days ago and the third day in a row in which there have been at least 800 new cases.

There were 16 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 15, increasing the death toll to 477 since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March. Five of the deaths were in Aroostook County; two each in Cumberland, Androscoggin, Penobscot, Hancock, and Washington counties; and one in Oxford County. The deaths ranged from someone in their 40s to people in their 80s.

There have been 325 deaths statewide since Nov. 9.

The number of people hospitalized since the outbreak began has been 1,228, an increase of 11 in the past day.

There are currently 193 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 63 people in intensive care units and 23 people on ventilators. Maine CDc Director Dr. Nirav Shah said 20 percent of all hospitalizations have occurred in the past 30 days.

Of the cases statewide as of Jan. 11, 3,137 were healthcare workers.

Of the 477 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 263 were 80 years old or older, 128 were in their 70s, 44 were in their 60s, 21 in their 50s, seven people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age ranges of the four most recent deaths have not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 119 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 87 deaths, 50 in Androscoggin, 37 in Penobscot, 35 in Kennebec, 30 in Oxford County, 30 in Aroostook, 25 in Hancock County, 24 in Somerset,18 in Waldo County, seven in Franklin County, seven in Washington County,  four in Knox County, two in Lincoln, one in Piscataquis and one in Sagadahoc.

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Comments (2)
Posted by: Cynthia Wallace | Jan 15, 2021 14:39

I just had a employee in a local school district post their vaccination! I didn’t know essential workers in schools were receiving their shots yet?? Have I missed something?? I am happy anyone is getting their shots, but I would like some clarification??

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Jan 15, 2021 11:29

Not exactly good news.....

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