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Midcoast sees 20 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Friday

By Stephen Betts | Apr 23, 2021

Rockland — Knox County reported nine additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Friday.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 942 cases and five deaths. The number of people who were hospitalized in Knox County at some point since the pandemic began in mid-March remains at 30.

The CDC also reports 34,797 vaccinations were administered in Knox County 18,886 with the first doses and 15,911 with the second doses. This is an increase of 254 in the past day. This means 56 percent of all Knox County residents have had at least one vaccination and 47 percent all required shots.

Lincoln County reported seven additional cases April 23.

Lincoln County has had 805 cases and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began remained at 19.

The CDC reported 31,218 vaccinations were administered in Lincoln County — 17,923 first doses and 13,295 second doses. This is an increase of 352 in the past day.

Waldo County reported four additional cases April 23.

Waldo County has had 810 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-eight residents were hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported 29,791 vaccinations were administered in Waldo County — 16,512 first doses and 13,279 second doses. This is an increase of 377.

Statewide, there were 371 additional cases reported April 23.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said April 15 that the average age of people getting the virus are younger than in the earlier stages of the pandemic. This is due to a combination of factors including the older, high-risk people being vaccinated but also because the new strains of the virus are more easily spread and can make people more ill.

Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 59,239.

There were two additional deaths reported April 23, increasing the number to 771 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. The deaths were one each from Kennebec and York counties. One person was in their 20s and one in their 50s.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,807, an increase of seven patients in the past day.

Currently there are 119 people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19, 48 in critical care units, and 18 on ventilators. The hospitalization numbers show a continued higher trend.

Of the 771 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 414 were 80 years old or older, 200 were in their 70s, 70 were in their 60s, 34 in their 50s, 12 people in their 40s, one in their 30s, and two in his

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 188 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 129 deaths, 89 in Penobscot, 65 in Kennebec, 63  in Androscoggin, 61 in Oxford County, 45 in Aroostook, 36 in Hancock County, 29 in Somerset, 19 in Waldo County, 15 in Washington County, 12 in Franklin County, eight in Sagadahoc, five in Knox County, four in Piscataquis and two in Lincoln County.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Ken Pride | Apr 23, 2021 20:31

Oops! I think there is an error in the number of Knox County cases today.  I wish the total was only 42 since 2020!  Thanks for all your diligence reporting this.  
MaryBeth Pride

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