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Seven more cases of COVID-19 in Midcoast, CDC reports Wednesday

By Stephen Betts | Oct 21, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Seven more cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in the three Midcoast counties, the state reported Wednesday. But those cases were surpassed by the number of recoveries reported locally.

The number of active cases of COVID-19 across the state was unchanged, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

Statewide, 38 new cases were reported by the CDC Oct. 21. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 6,027.

There were an additional 38 recoveries statewide, reported Oct. 21, increasing the number to 5,244.

The number of Mainers with COVID-19 to die since the outbreak began in Maine in mid-March remained at 146 for the fourth consecutive day.

This means number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 remained at 637, the state reported Oct. 21.

The peak was 714, reached May 24.

The number of active cases in Knox County dropped by three, falling to 13, the state reported Wednesday. One case was removed from Knox County and an additional two recoveries were reported.

There have been 61 cases overall diagnosed in Knox County residents since the pandemic struck Maine in mid-March. Forty-seven people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized due to the new virus.

Knox County has recorded 28 new cases since Sept. 15. That includes six at the Lonza Rockland plant on Thomaston Street. The Maine Department of Corrections also reported a staff member tested positive earlier this week at the Maine State Prison in Warren. Also Oct. 8, RSU 40 confirmed two individuals associated with Warren Community School tested positive for COVID-19.

Lincoln County active cases increased by three, reaching 11 due to three additional cases being diagnosed, the CDC reported Oct. 21. There have been 57 cases overall, 45 recoveries and one death. Five people have been hospitalized.

Waldo County's active cases fell by one to 48, the CDC reported. Five additional cases were reported Wednesday and six additional recoveries.

Forty-eightnew cases have been diagnosed since Thursday. There have been 132 cases overall, 70 recoveries and 14 deaths since mid-March. Six people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said Tuesday, Oct. 20 that 42 cases have been associated with the Brooks Pentecostal Church and its affiliated school, Lighthouse Christian Academy in Brooks. The CDC Director said the outbreak is evolving quickly and are tied to individual cases at three Waldo County schools and one long-term nursing care facility. There are no outbreaks detected yet outside the church and Christian academy.

He said more cases are expected to result from the outbreak.

Waldo County also had an outbreak early in the summer at a long-term care facility in Belfast.

The CDC reported as of Oct. 19,  there have been 298 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine, out of 12,496 tests given. This is not broken down by the county where they were.

Of the cases statewide as of Oct. 19, 1,107 have been healthcare workers.

Since the outbreak began, 470 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently nine people in the hospital, one in critical care and none on a ventilator.

Of the 146 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 77 were 80 years old or older, 45 were in their 70s, 14 were in their 60s, five in their 50s, three people in their 40s and one in their 30s and one in his 20s.

Cumberland County has seen the worst of the outbreak, with 70 of the deaths being residents from there. York County has had 20 deaths, Waldo County has 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, eight in Somerset, six in Penobscot, two in Oxford County and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Oct. 21, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 989 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 981 in their 50s, 922 in their 30s, 840 in their 40s, 768 who were younger than 20, 686 people in their 60s, 433 in their 70s and 407 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 6,027 cases statewide, 995 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 17% of the cases. Black people account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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