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Recoveries outpace new cases in Midcoast, CDC reports on Thanksgiving

By Stephen Betts | Nov 26, 2020
Knox County cases in CDC chart.

The three Midcoast counties saw five new cases of COVID-19 and 16 additional recoveries, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.

Knox County had no new cases and 10 additional recoveries during the past day, the Maine CDC reported Nov. 26.

This means the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak remains at 203. There have been 152 recoveries and three residents have died, according to the Maine CDC.

Fourteen of those people diagnosed required hospitalization, an increase of one during the past day.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County decreased by 10, falling to 48, the CDC reported Nov. 26. This is down from a high of 71 Nov. 16.

Lincoln County's active cases decreased by two, falling to 39 with two new cases and four additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 26. There have been 151 cases overall, 110 recoveries and two deaths. Ten of the people diagnosed have been hospitalized

Waldo County's active cases increased by one, reaching 39 with three new cases and two additional recoveries, the CDC reported Thursday. There have been 225 cases overall, 170 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Statewide, there were 238 new cases reported by the CDC on Thursday. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 11,265.

There were a record 199 additional recoveries statewide, the CDC reported Nov. 26, increasing the number to 8,791.

There were no additional deaths. The statewide death toll since the pandemic began in Maine in mid-March remains at 190.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 increased by 39, reaching 2,284, the state reported Nov. 26.

There are currently a record 105 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 46 in intensive care units and 11 are on a ventilator.

A total of 687 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine, an increase of nine during the past day.

Also, as of Nov. 11, there have been 357 positive tests of non-residents who tested positive in Maine. Many of these people are New Hampshire residents who receive health care in Maine.

Of the cases statewide as of Nov. 25, 1,546 were healthcare workers.

Of the 190 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 99 were 80 years old or older, 59 were in their 70s, 17 were in their 60s, six in their 50s, four people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 71 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 31 deaths, 19 in Somerset, 17 in Androscoggin, 16 in Waldo County, 15 in Kennebec, seven in Penobscot, four in Franklin County, three in Knox County, two in Oxford County, two in Lincoln and one each in Aroostook, Hancock and Washington counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Nov. 26, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 2,077 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,688 in their 50s, 1,688 in their 30s, 1,482 in their 40s, 1,472 who were younger than 20, 1,309 people in their 60s, 813 in their 70s and 688 who were 80 or older.

Women account for 51% of the confirmed cases and men 49%.

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 11,265 cases statewide, 1,139 of the people diagnosed are black. That translates to 10% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Linda L Post | Nov 26, 2020 09:14

836,208 negative tests out of 849,533 total test. 1.5% of all test come back positive. Lets keep it that low.

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