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Midcoast sees six more COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Sunday

By Stephen Betts | Jan 17, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

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

There were four more deaths reported statewide.

Knox County reported six additional cases with one additional person completing isolation, the CDC reported Jan. 17.

The Cushing town office closed early Friday after someone associated with the office tested positive. The town's emergency medical crews will be cleaning the town offices and the offices will reopen as scheduled for Wednesday. Monday is a holiday and the offices do not open on Tuesdays.

The Maine Department of Corrections reported that the Maine State Prison, as a result of three staff testing positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the year, has commenced testing a group of residents and staff. Thus far, no residents have tested positive and no other staff have tested positive.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 485 cases, 199 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 no new cases and no additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 17.

Lincoln County has had 393 cases, 156 completed isolations and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations remained at 14.

Waldo County reported no new cases and no additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 17.

Waldo County has had 428 cases, 210 completed isolations, and 18 deaths. Twenty-two residents have been hospitalized, an increase of two in the past day.

Statewide, there was 340 new cases reported Jan. 17. Total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March is 33,559. There were an additional 37 completed isolations, increasing that number to 11,952.

There were four additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 17, increasing the death toll to 511 since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March. Two of the deaths were in Cumberland County with one each in York and Somerset. The people were from their 60s and older.

There have been 359 deaths statewide since Nov. 9.

The number of people hospitalized since the outbreak began has been 1,244, an increase of two in the past day.

There are currently 205 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 66 people in intensive care units and 26 people on ventilators.These are near record highs for hospitalizations.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Friday that 20 percent of all hospitalizations have occurred in the past 30 days.

Of the cases statewide as of Jan. 15, 3,337 were healthcare workers.

Of the 511 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 290 were 80 years old or older, 132 were in their 70s, 47 were in their 60s, 21 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 126 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 93 deaths, 51 in Androscoggin, 45 in Penobscot, 36 in Kennebec, 34 in Oxford County, 34 in Aroostook, 27 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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