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State reports 13 more deaths

Midcoast sees spike in COVID-19 cases, CDC reports Thursday

By Stephen Betts | Jan 07, 2021
Photo by: Maine CDC

There were 26 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the three Midcoast counties, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Thirteen more deaths were reported statewide Jan. 7, making it one of the worst days of the pandemic.

Knox County reported 14 additional cases with no additional people completing the isolation, the CDC reported Jan. 7. This is one of the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic began in Maine nearly 10 months ago.

Since the pandemic began in mid-March, Knox County has had 399 cases, 196 have completed isolation and four people died. The number of Knox County residents hospitalized since the outbreak began remained at 18, the CDC reported.

Knox County Sheriff Tim Carroll issued a statement Thursday, "I am happy to report the other 28 people tested for COVID-19 related to the potential exposure at Knox County Correctional Facility, that all their test results have come back negative. I believe the quick actions and response to our pandemic plan and closely working with Maine CDC and Maine DOC, we avoided a potential outbreak at this time. Thank you to all involved.

We will still remain closed to the public and non-essential people for an unknown period of time to ensure the safety and well being of those in and work at the jail. We have also initiated further actions in our Pandemic Plan to do our very best to insure everyone's safety. A county correctional setting with its revolving population is very difficult to manage for a pandemic, but credit goes to the incredible staff that we have at the Knox County Sheriff's Office to continue working together to get through this. I am fortunate to have such a dedicated group of professionals to work with," the sheriff concluded.

Lincoln County reported nine new cases and one additional completed isolation, the CDC reported Jan. 7. This is also one of the biggest singe-day jump.

The Miller School in Waldoboro issued a letter Jan. 6 to parents notifying that a person associated with the school had tested positive.

Lincoln County has had 334 cases, 146 completed isolations and two deaths. The number of hospitalizations, increased by one, reaching 13.

Waldo County reported three new cases and no additional completed isolations, the CDC reported Jan. 7.

Waldo County has had 392 cases, 208 completed isolations, and 17 deaths. Twenty residents have been hospitalized, an increase of one in the past day.

Statewide, there were 535 new cases reported Jan. 7, with total cases since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March to 27,625.

There were 13 additional deaths reported statewide Jan. 7 -- four in York County, three in Hancock, two in Oxford, two in Aroostook, one in Kennebec, and one in Cumberland. This raised the state's death toll to 385 since the pandemic reached Maine in mid-March. The most recent deaths ranged in age from 40s to 90s.

There have been 233 deaths statewide since Nov. 9.

The number of people hospitalized since the outbreak began has been 1,124, an increase of seven in the past day.

There are currently 191 people in Maine in the hospital due to COVID-19. That includes 54 people in intensive care units and 21 people on ventilators.

Of the cases statewide as of Jan. 4, 2,837 were healthcare workers.

Of the 385 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 208 were 85 years old or older, 102 were in their 70s, 37 were in their 60s, 15 in their 50s, five people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 108 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 72 deaths, 44 in Androscoggin, 30 in Kennebec, 24 in Penobscot, 22 in Somerset, 23 in Oxford County,  17 in Waldo County, 16 in Hancock County, 12 in Aroostook, five in Franklin County, four in Knox County, four in Washington County, two in Lincoln, one in Piscataquis and one in Sagadahoc.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Crawford L Robinson | Jan 07, 2021 10:26

Yowzer.... another 26 cases? 14 of them in Knox County? Still people are arguing against wearing a mask in public and against social distancing. Go figure.

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