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Midcoast sees 40 more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Tuesday

By Stephen Betts | May 04, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

The three Midcoast counties saw a combined 40 additional cases of COVID-19 in the past day, according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Tuesday.

Knox County reported 13 additional COVID-19 cases in the past day Tuesday.

The Maine CDC said May 1 there were open outbreak investigations in Knox County at:

  • Camden Hills Regional High School
  • Camden Rockport Elementary School
  • Fisher Engineering Rockland
  • Oceanside High School

Since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020, Knox County has had 1,019 cases and five deaths. The number of people who were hospitalized in Knox County at some point since the pandemic began in mid-March remained at 32.

The CDC also reports 38,393 vaccinations were administered in Knox County, 20,342 with the first doses and 18,051 with the second doses. This is an increase of 204 in the past day. This means 60% of all Knox County residents have had at least one vaccination and 54% all required shots.

Lincoln County reported 14 additional cases May 4.

An outbreak has occurred at the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. As of April 28, 27 inmates and three employees have been diagnosed with the virus.

Lincoln County has had 903 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began remained at 21.

The CDC reported 34,384 vaccinations were administered in Lincoln County — 19,075 first doses and 15,309 second doses. This is an increase of 353 in the past day.

Waldo County reported 13 additional cases May 4 along with two additional hospitalizations.

Waldo County has had 866 cases and 19 deaths. Thirty-one residents have hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began, an increase of two in the past day.

The CDC reported 32,748 vaccinations were administered in Waldo County — 17,500 first doses and 15,248 second doses. This is an increase of 232.

Statewide, there were 417 additional cases reported May 4.

Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 62,509.

There was no additional deaths reported May 4, keeping the number at 790 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,872, an increase of 10 in the past day.

Currently, there are 126 people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19, 56 in critical care units and 24 on ventilators.

Of the 790 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 419 were 80 years old or older, 203 were in their 70s, 74 were in their 60s, 34 in their 50s, 13 people in their 40s, one in their 30s and four in their 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 189 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 130 deaths, 90 in Penobscot, 71 in Androscoggin, 68 in Kennebec, 62 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, 10 in Sagadahoc, six in Piscataquis, five in Knox County and two in Lincoln County.

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Comments (7)
Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 05, 2021 15:00

UPDATE: Thanks to the person who was exposed letting people know what happened there was a very positive outcome to the situation. Those who had not been vaccinated will quarantine for two weeks and we will be gathering together again soon. My mother said, "It isn't a disgrace to get lice if once found you get rid of them and don't infect others." :)




Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 05, 2021 15:00

UPDATE: Thanks to the person who was exposed letting people know what happened there was a very positive outcome to the situation. Those who had not been vaccinated will quarantine for two weeks and we will be gathering together again soon. My mother said, "It isn't a disgrace to get lice if once found you get rid of them and don't infect others." :)




Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 05, 2021 06:30

COMMON DECENCY
Whatever happened to common decency that we would even consider going into a group of vulnerable people knowing that we may very well have been exposed to Covid 19?
Yes, this happens. Happened to me this week and do not want to say something I will regret later. Then decided something needs to be said, yet said in a positive manner.
Am sure it was done innocently enough, yet it has consequences. Please, whatever your belief about this virus, be respectful of the rest of us. We are all in this together.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 04, 2021 17:05

We have come along way since more vaccine has become available. This should not be political but sadly politics has played a deadly part. I had my second shot about a month ago but I still wear a mask where need be. I thought this was part of looking out for one another but as usual the uninformed say different.



Posted by: Richard McKusic, Sr. | May 04, 2021 16:55

Political football. Too serious to play games yet it continues.   Officials push back against Florida governor's lifting of COVID-19 restrictions (msn.com)



Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | May 04, 2021 14:18

Maybe because it isn't ALL the people Wendy. Likely, until it is everyone, Covid won't be defeated. That probably won't happen because I think the pandemic has become a political football instead of a deadly, economy destroying disease. Too many won't take off the blinders of political division and fight it on a united front. Only my opinion of course.



Posted by: wendy l ketner | May 04, 2021 12:48

How is it, with all the people getting their vaccines why are we climbing in numbers getting covid?



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