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State active COVID-19 cases jump on Saturday

By Stephen Betts | Sep 12, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 jumped by 21, the state reported Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Sept. 12 that the number of confirmed or probable cases increased by 42, reaching 4,834.

There were an additional 20 recoveries statewide reported Sept. 12, increasing that number to 4,211.

The death of a Somerset County woman in her 80s was reported Saturday. This brings the number of Mainers to die from the new virus since the outbreak began in Maine to 135.

This means the number of active confirmed cases as of Sept. 12 rose by 21, reaching 488. The peak was 714, reached on May 24.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 10 that there have been 246 positive tests of out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine out of 8,674 tests given. This is not broken down by the county they were diagnosed. Many of these positive tests are from New Hampshire residents who receive their medical care in Maine. And the CDC said that some of those positive tests are from the same non-Maine residents.

The number of active cases involving Knox County residents remained at three, the CDC reported Saturday. There have been 33 Knox County residents with the virus since the outbreak began. Twenty-nine of those people recovered and one person died. Five Knox County residents have been hospitalized.

Knox County continues to have one of the lowest number of cases in Maine. Only Washington and Piscataquis counties have fewer cases in Maine.

The number of active cases of Waldo County residents remained at three, the CDC said Saturday. There have been 73 residents diagnosed, 56 recoveries and 14 deaths since the outbreak began in March.

Lincoln County active cases remained at one, the CDC reported Saturday. There have been 36 overall cases, 34 recoveries and one death. Three people have been hospitalized.

Of the cases statewide as of Sept. 8, 999 have been healthcare workers and 933 have recovered.

Since the outbreak began, 431 people have been hospitalized in Maine. There are currently 10 people in the hospital, six in critical care and five on ventilators. The number of hospitalizations statewide has increased this week.

The CDC reported as of Sept. 3 that of the 59,164 tests given during the past two weeks, 357 (0.6 percent) have been positive.

Of the 135 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 71 were 80 years old or older, 43 were in their 70s, 12 were in their 60s, four 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 15 deaths, Waldo County, 14 deaths, Kennebec 11, 10 in Androscoggin, six in Penobscot, four in Somerset, and one each in Knox, Lincoln, Aroostook, Franklin, and Hancock counties.

Of the people who tested positive as of Sept. 12, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s who who accounted for 820 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 791 in their 50s, 739 in their 30s, 706 in their 40s, 549 people in their 60s, 504 who were younger than 20, 370 in their 70s, and 355 who were 80 or older.

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

The CDC figures show a dramatic disparity based on race. Of the 4,834 cases statewide, 950 of the people diagnosed have been black. That translates to 20% of the cases. Blacks account for less than 2% of Maine's population.

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