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Midcoast sees 22 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Apr 22, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

Knox County reported eight additional COVID-19 cases in the past day, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Thursday.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 933 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 34,524 vaccinations were administered in Knox County 18,697 with the first doses and 15,827 with the second doses. This is an increase of 991 in the past day. This means 55 percent of all Knox County residents have had at least one vaccination.

Lincoln County reported six additional cases April 22.

Lincoln County has had 798 cases and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began remained at 19.

The CDC reported 30,866 vaccinations were administered in Lincoln County — 17,823 first doses and 13,043 second doses. This is an increase of 610 in the past day.

Waldo County reported eight additional cases April 22.

Waldo County has had 806 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-eight residents were hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported 29,414 vaccinations were administered in Waldo County — 16,235 first doses and 13,179 second doses. This is an increase of 333.

Statewide, there were 403 additional cases reported April 22.

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 58,868.

There was one additional death reported April 22, increasing the number to 769 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. The death was a Kennebec County resident.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,800, an increase of 11 patients in the past day.

Currently there are 110 people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19, 39 in critical care units, and 15 on ventilators. The hospitalization numbers show a continued higher trend.

Of the 768 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 414 were 80 years old or older, 200 were in their 70s, 70 were in their 60s, 33 in their 50s, 12 people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s. The age ranges of the most recent deaths have not yet been released.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 188 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 128 deaths, 89 in Penobscot, 64 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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