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Knox, Lincoln counties see no change

Slight decline shown in active COVID-19 cases

Three more deaths reported in Maine
By Stephen Betts | May 19, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 dropped slightly on Tuesday but two more deaths were reported.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 19 there were an additional 28 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 1,741.

There were an additional 35 recoveries statewide, increasing that number to 1,088.

Three more deaths — all residents of Cumberland County — were reported on Tuesday, May 19. The CDC also removed one death that occurred over the weekend from the list, saying the person had recovered from COVID-19 prior to his death. This bringing the statewide total of Mainers with the virus who have died since the first death occurred on March 27, to 73. Thirty-eight of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents.

The number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Tuesday declined by nine to 580. The number of active cases first exceeded 500 on May 10.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 19 that 386 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 19 remained at three for the third consecutive day. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 17 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents have been hospitalized by the new virus.

Waldo County's active cases on May 19 dropped by one, with 50 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 19 remained at five, with 17 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 people who have been tested for the virus in Maine as of May 13 was 33,035. Of those on that date, 5% had tested positive with 95% (31,520) negative.

The number of people in hospitals currently because of the virus has been increasing during the past few days, reaching 44 on Tuesday. Nineteen of those patients are in critical care units and 11 are on ventilators.

Since the outbreak began, 225 people have been hospitalized in Maine.

Of the 73 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died, 38 have been 80 years old or older, 24, 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 19, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 332 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 269 people in their 60s, 266 in their 40s, 192 in their 70s, 187 who were 80 or older, 222 in their 30s, 210 in their 20s, and 63 who were younger than 20. Much of the increase has been seen in people in their 30s and younger.

Fifty-two percent of the confirmed cases have been women and 48% men.

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