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Two additional deaths in state

New COVID-19 cases continue to outpace recoveries

Knox County sees drop but Lincoln County sees increase
By Stephen Betts | May 23, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 increased again Saturday, May 23.

Two more Maine residents with the new virus died in Cumberland County — a woman in her 80s and a man in his 70s.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 23 there were an additional 65 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,013.

There were an additional 40 recoveries statewide May 23, increasing that number to 1,232.

There were two additional deaths reported — both in Cumberland County, increasing the statewide number to 77 since the first death was reported March 27. 40 of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Saturday set a new record at 704, an increase of 23 in one day.

The CDC began ramping up this past week the number of tests it could perform and an increase in cases was expected. The recoveries, however, have not kept up with the new cases.

Since the outbreak began, 243 people were hospitalized in Maine, an increase of five in one day. As of May 23, 50 people were in a hospital with the virus, 26 of those patients were in a critical care unit, and 11 were on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 22 that 441 of the confirmed cases of the new virus were contracted by health care workers.

The number of active confirmed or probable Knox County cases of COVID-19 as of May 23 dropped to two because of an additional recovery. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 18 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases May 23 remained at two, with 51 overall cases, 35 recoveries and 14 deaths. The cases and deaths were largely concentrated at the Tall Pines long term care center in Belfast.

Lincoln County's active cases on May 23 increased by one to seven, with 19 cases and 12 recoveries.

There have been 55 people from outside Maine who have tested positive in a Maine laboratory, but 23 of those people are from New Hampshire and their tests were sent to a Maine lab.

The number of tests given have been 40,069 with 5.4 percent coming in as positive. Dr. Shah stressed that these were the number of tests not the number of people tested since some people were tested more than once.

Of the 77 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died, 41 have been 80 years old or older, 25 have been in their 70s, six were in their 60s, three in their 50s, and two people in their 40s.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 23, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 369 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 286 people in their 60s, 312 in their 40s, 216 in their 70s, 233 who were 80 or older, 267 in their 30s, 244 in their 20s, and 86 who were younger than 20.

52% of the confirmed cases were women and 48% men.

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