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

By Stephen Betts | Jan 20, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

There were 34 more cases of COVID-19 reported in the three Midcoast counties, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday.

Eleven more deaths were reported statewide on Jan. 20.

Knox County reported 18 additional cases with one additional person completing isolation, the CDC reported Jan. 20.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Tuesday afternoon that an outbreak investigation is underway at the Washington Manor in Washington with 28 cases thus far.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 525 cases, 201 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 11 new cases and two additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 20.

Lincoln County has had 407 cases, 159 completed isolations and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations increased by one, reaching 15.

Waldo County reported five new cases and no additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 20.

Waldo County has had 440 cases, 210 completed isolations and 18 deaths. Twenty-two residents have been hospitalized.

Statewide, there was 701 new cases reported Jan. 20. Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 34,963. There were an additional 31 completed isolations, increasing that number to 12,102.

There were 11 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 20, increasing the death toll to 530 since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March. There were four deaths in Penobscot County, five in Cumberland, one in York, and two in Kennebec County. Three of the people who died were in their 60s, three in their 70s, and five in the 80s.

The number of people hospitalized since the outbreak began has been 1,287, an increase of 18 in the past day.

There are currently 198 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 71 people in intensive care units and 37 people on ventilators. These are near record highs for hospitalizations.

Of the cases statewide as of Jan. 19, 3,477 were healthcare workers.

Of the 530 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 290 were 83 years old or older, 135 were in their 70s, 48 were in their 60s, 22 in their 50s, seven people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 133 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 95 deaths, 51 in Androscoggin, 53 in Penobscot, 37 in Kennebec, 34 in Oxford County, 34 in Aroostook, 28 in Hancock County, 25 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 (1)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Jan 20, 2021 09:51

Another 34 cases in the Midcoast in one day? Over half of those in Knox County? So much for the "It's a hoax" theory.

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