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Four active outbreak investigations in Knox County

Midcoast sees sharp spike in COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Saturday

By Stephen Betts | May 01, 2021

The three Midcoast counties saw a combined 46 additional cases of COVID-19 in the past day,  according to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Saturday.

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

The Maine CDC said Saturday, May 1 there are 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 996 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 38,058 vaccinations were administered in Knox County, 20,267 with the first doses and 17,791 with the second doses. This is an increase of 760 in the past day. This means 60 percent of all Knox County residents have had at least one vaccination and 53 percent all required shots.

Lincoln County reported 13 additional cases May 1.

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 876 cases and two deaths since the pandemic began. The number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began increased by one for the second consecutive day, now reaching 21.

The CDC reported 33,908 vaccinations were administered in Lincoln County — 18,920 first doses and 14,988 second doses. This is an increase of 294 in the past day.

Waldo County reported 14 additional cases May 1.

Waldo County has had 847 cases and 19 deaths. Twenty-nine residents were hospitalized at some point from the virus since the pandemic began.

The CDC reported 32,318 vaccinations were administered in Waldo County — 17,364 first doses and 14,988 second doses. This is an increase of 294.

Statewide, there were 403 additional cases reported May 1.

Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 61,616.

There were five additional deaths reported May 1, increasing the number to 789 since the pandemic began in mid-March 2020. Two deaths were Kennebec County residents, two from Sagadahoc County, and one from Penobscot County.

The number of people hospitalized at some point since the outbreak began is 1,854, an increase of seven in the past day.

Currently there are 121 people hospitalized in Maine with COVID-19, 59 in critical care units, and 15 on ventilators.

Of the 789 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 419 were 80 years old or older, 203 were in their 70s, 73 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, 70 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 (13)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | May 03, 2021 13:19

No offense taken Valerie. (But I still think you're wrong)  :-)

Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 03, 2021 11:54

My apologies to Stephen and Crawford. You both have your opinions and I have mine.

Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | May 03, 2021 10:21

Right Crawford, why would you believe scientists and doctors when we have experts right here.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 03, 2021 09:53


You really do need to take a chill pill.

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | May 02, 2021 19:20

Some people think they know more than doctors and scientists. Rational people can spot them easily. I'm quite sure that the 591,054 Covid dead had serious breathing issues (yes, it has gone up by another 321 deaths in the last 4 hours). Better get back to your 'research'. I'd suggest something other than Faux News :-)

p.s. Would you like another update in 4 more hours?

Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 02, 2021 16:05

I have a question for Stephen and Crawford,

A family member got COVID.  Had a cold and fever for a few days, felt fine.  His wife, and children never caught it, living in the same house!  Another person's daughter got it, she never did and neither did her other two daughters. Again, all were living in the same house.

Crawford, you are assuming that the 6 people today can't breathe.  You do not know that for a fact!  Please, check your facts and get them straight before attacking!  Research helps and knowing where to go for the truth not what the CDC and government want you to know!


Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 02, 2021 15:58

Ah Crawford,

You are always full of hot air!

Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 02, 2021 15:57


Even vaccinated, people can spread it.  Please get your facts straight!  Please respect my choice not to put something into my body that has unknown side effects, short and long term.  Do some research on the J&J vaccine!  Scary!  I respect those who do get the vaccine. I ask the same respect in return!

Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | May 02, 2021 11:12

It is people with Valeries outlook that are the reason this hasn't been stopped already. I'm quite sure the families of the 590,733 dead people and the 33,147,656 so far Covid-19 infected folks might disagree with you and be finding it a bit difficult to 'get on with their lives and be happy'. By the way: Another 6 Midcoast cases of happiness today. I'm sure they would be jumping for joy if they could breathe normally.

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | May 02, 2021 10:25

Gerald with a 53% vaccination rate, this means only slightly over half the county has been vaccinated.  So the other half keeps it going.  It seems the best way to stop this and get on with our lives is to ensure everyone is vaccinated. This knocked down Polio and could do the same for this.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | May 02, 2021 06:27

Sharp increase??!!  I am one of the one's who do not live in fear.  I do not wear a mask when outside.  I only wear one when I go into stores because I have to.  The CDC is still instilling fear in the public and it is so not right!  Time to get on with your lives and be happy and not fearful any longer!


Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | May 01, 2021 15:10

It would be interesting to know if there is any correlation between the unusually large noticeable uptick in out-of-state license plates and the recent increases in local Covid cases. Does the CDC backtrack for probable infection causes?

Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | May 01, 2021 13:47

It is very important to note that the CDC uses the term "outbreak" to mean three or more cases at a particular location. It does not necessarily mean that transmission is happening there, and typically doesn't. Much more common is that the transmission actually occurred away from the building and in the local community.

Great to read that 53% of Knox County residents have had both jabs (myself included).

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