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Midcoast sees 34 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Saturday

By Stephen Betts | Apr 17, 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 on Saturday.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 898 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 32,580 vaccinations were administered in Knox County 18,043 with the first doses and 14,537 with the second doses. This is an increase of 794 in the past day. This means 54 percent of all Knox County residents have had at least one vaccination.

Lincoln County reported 19 additional cases April 17. This was one of the highest single-day increases for Lincoln County,

Lincoln County has had 768 cases and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began remained at 19.

The CDC reported 29,182 vaccinations were administered in Lincoln County — 17,029 first doses and 12,031 second doses. This is an increase of 374 in the past day.

The Waldoboro Town Office is still closed due to a case of COVID-19, but will re-open on Monday, April 17.

Town Manager Julie Keizer said there will only be herself and one other staff members in the office at that time, however, as all others are in quarantine. Keizer asked the public for patience as she and the other staff member try to complete work for all customers who come in.

Waldo County reported seven additional cases April 17.

Waldo County has had 773 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-seven residents were hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported 27,816 vaccinations were administered in Waldo County — 15,625 first doses and 12,191 second doses. This is an increase of 242.

Statewide, there were 414 additional cases reported April 17. The previous four days had seen the daily statewide numbers exceed 500.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Thursday, 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 56,939.

There was one additional death reported April 17 increasing the number to 764 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. The death was a man in his 60s from Androscoggin County.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,764, an increase of three patients in the past day.

Currently there are 99 people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19, 50 in critical care units, and 15 on ventilators. This is a sharp increase from the past several weeks.

Of the 764 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 413 were 80 years old or older, 199 were in their 70s, 69 were in their 60s, 32 in their 50s, 11 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, 62 in Kennebec, 62  in Androscoggin, 59 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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