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Midcoast sees seven new COVID-19 cases, CDC reports on Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 14, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The three Midcoast counties reported seven new cases of COVID-19, the state reported on Wednesday.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across the state dropped, the Maine Center for Disease Control reported Wednesday.

Statewide, 36 new cases were reported by the CDC Oct. 14. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 5,816.

There were an additional 46 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 14, increasing the number to 5,052.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 143 for the fifth consecutive day.

This means number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 declined by 10, falling to 621, the state reported Oct. 14.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County remained at 11 but there was both an additional case diagnosed and an additional recovery, the CDC reported Wednesday

There have been 53 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Forty-one people have recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has recorded 20 new cases since Sept. 15. On Thursday, Oct. 8 the CDC announced it began to look into an outbreak at the Lonza biotechnology plant in Rockland. CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said the department would look to see if one worker spread the virus to the others or if they each were exposed outside the facility. There were six cases reported at Lonza, according to the CDC.

Also Oct. 8, RSU 40 confirmed two individuals associated with Warren Community School tested positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County active cases remained at six as it too had an additional case and an additional recovery, the CDC reported Oct. 14. There have been 51 cases overall, 44 recoveries and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases doubled with five new cases reported, the CDC reported Oct. 14 There have been 85 cases overall, 61 recoveries and 14 deaths. Most of those cases occurred earlier in the summer at a long-term care facility. The number of active cases now stands at 10.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 7, there have been 286 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 11,180 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. The CDC said some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

Of the cases statewide as of Oct. 8, 1,077 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 463 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently eight people in the hospital, three in critical care and none on a ventilator.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 1 that of the 89,632 tests given during the past two weeks, 452  (0.5%) have been positive.

Of the 143 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 76 were 80 years old or older, 43 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 17 deaths, Waldo County, 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. 13, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 958 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 931 in their 50s, 887 in their 30s, 813 in their 40s, 734 who were younger than 29, 668 people in their 60s, 421 in their 70s and 404 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 5,816 cases statewide, 987 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 17% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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