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Midcoast sees nine more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports on Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 22, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Nine more cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the three Midcoast counties, the state reported Thursday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across the state also rose, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Statewide, 37 new cases were reported by the CDC Oct. 22. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 6,064.

There were an additional 25 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 22, increasing the number to 5,269.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 146 for the fifth consecutive day.

This means number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 rose by 12, reaching 649. the state reported Oct. 22.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County dropped by one falling to 12, the state reported Thursday. The drop was due to an additional recovery being reported.

There have been 61 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Forty-eight people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has recorded 28 new cases since Sept. 15. That includes six at the Lonza Rockland plant on Thomaston Street. The Maine Department of Corrections also reported a staff member tested positive earlier this week at the Maine State Prison in Warren. Also Oct. 8, RSU 40 confirmed two individuals associated with Warren Community School tested positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County active cases increased by three for the second consecutive day, reaching 14 due to three additional cases being diagnosed, the CDC reported Oct. 22. There have been 60 cases overall, 45 recoveries and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases increased by one, reaching 49, the CDC reported Oct. 22. Six additional cases were reported Wednesday and five additional recoveries.

Fifty-four new cases have been diagnosed since Oct. 15. There have been 138 cases overall, 75 recoveries and 14 deaths since mid-March. Nine people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began, including three during the past day.

The Maine CDC announced Wednesday that 46 cases have been associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks. CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the outbreak is evolving quickly and are tied to individual cases at three Waldo County schools and one long-term nursing care facility. There are no outbreaks detected yet outside the church and Christian academy. Three of those people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County also had an outbreak early in the summer at a long-term care facility in Belfast.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 19,  there have been 298 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 12,496 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were.

Of the cases statewide as of Oct. 19, 1,107 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 473 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently seven people in the hospital, none in critical care, and none on a ventilator.

Of the 146 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 77 were 80 years old or older, 45 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 20 deaths, Waldo County has 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, two in Oxford County and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Oct. 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 994 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 988 in their 50s, 928 in their 30s, 846 in their 40s, 776 who were younger than 20, 689 people in their 60s, 434 in their 70s and 408 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 6,064 cases statewide, 995 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 16% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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