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Knox County reports 19th case, additional recovery

New COVID-19 cases continue to outpace recoveries

By Stephen Betts | May 11, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Augusta — The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 continued to increase on Monday.

There were an additional 26 statewide cases of COVID-19 reported by the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on May 11, bringing the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 1,462.

There were an additional 11 recoveries, bringing that to 872.

An additional death was reported Monday, a Cumberland County resident, bringing the statewide number to 65 since the first death March 27.

The number of active cases increased by 14 to 525 on Monday. This is the most active cases since the outbreak began in  March.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 11 that 315 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

A 19th case was reported in Knox County on Monday. The number of active Knox County cases, however, remained at five on Monday because of an additional recovery. As of Monday, there have been 19 cases overall with 14 recoveries. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County active cases remained at three on Monday with 49 overall cases, 32 recoveries, and the 14 deaths. The cases and deaths have been largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast. Thirteen of the deaths were at Tall Pines. Eleven staff members and 32 residents have been diagnosed with the virus since the outbreak started.

Lincoln County's active cases remained at three on Monday with 15 cases and 12 recoveries.

The number of people hospitalized statewide with COVID-19 was 37 on Monday. Seventeen people are in critical care units and nine of those people are on respirators.

The number of people who tested negative for the virus was 22,092 as of May 6.

Of the people who tested positive as of Monday, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 284 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 236 people in their 60s, 223 in their 40s, 176 in their 70s, 169 who were 80 or older, 170 in their 30s, 159 in their 20s, and 45 who were younger than 20. That represents an increase of five people younger than 20 who have been diagnosed with the new virus since Sunday.

Fifty-four percent of the confirmed cases have been women and 46 percent men.

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