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State records record 12 deaths, 255 new cases, CDC reports

By Stephen Betts | Nov 24, 2020
Image shows data for Maine during the pandemic as of 11/24/20.

The state saw both 12 additional deaths and 255 new cases of COVID-19 during the past day, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Nov. 24.

Both numbers shatter previous records since the pandemic arrived in Maine little more than eight months ago.

The Midcoast recorded no deaths, but did see 14 more cases and 22 recoveries.

The 12 additional deaths increases the statewide death toll to 189. There were five additional deaths in Somerset County, four in York and one each in Androscoggin, Franklin and Washington counties.

Knox County had four more cases and eight additional recoveries during the past day, the Maine CDC reported Nov. 24.

This increases the number of Knox County residents diagnosed with COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak to 198. There have been 136 recoveries and three residents have died, according to the Maine CDC.

Thirteen of those people diagnosed required hospitalization.

This means the number of active cases in Knox County decreased by four, falling to 59, the CDC reported Nov. 24. This is down from a high of 71 Nov. 16.

An outbreak earlier this month at Woodlands Memory Care of Rockland has totaled 35 cases and connected to one of the deaths in Knox County.

An outbreak investigation at Rockland Marine Corporation on Mechanic Street in Rockland has six cases as of Nov. 19.

On Saturday, Nov. 21, Oceanside Middle School in Thomaston decided to close for the two days it was to open this week — Monday and Tuesday — because of a positive COVID-19 case.

Two weeks ago, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention opened an outbreak investigation of COVID-19 associated with Northeast Mobile Health Services in Rockport involving four cases.

The North Haven Town Office also posted on its website Nov. 23 that there have been 18 cases on the island, all diagnosed since Nov. 5. There have been no new cases in the past several days.

The CDC updated cases by the zip codes of the residences of the patients as of Nov. 15. Locally, Rockland has the most at 46 which includes the Woodlands Memory Care cases. Warren has 25 cases, Camden 20, North Haven six to 19, Owls Head six to 19, Waldoboro six to 19, Lincolnville 16, Union and Appleton 14, Rockport 13 and Thomaston 12.

The following zip codes had one to five residents diagnosed with the virus — Hope, Washington, South Thomaston, Spruce Head, Cushing, Friendship and Vinalhaven.

No cases have been detected with Tenants Harbor residents and Islesboro.

Lincoln County's active cases decreased by four, falling to 45 with seven new cases and 11 additional recoveries, the CDC reported Nov. 24. There have been 146 cases overall, 99 recoveries and two deaths. Ten of the people diagnosed have been hospitalized, an increase of one in the past day.

Waldo County's active cases remained at 36 with three new cases and three additional recoveries, the CDC reported. There have been 216 cases overall, 164 recoveries and 16 deaths since mid-March. Fifteen people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began.

Statewide, there were a record 255 new cases reported by the CDC. This brings the total number of cases since the outbreak began to 10,799.

There were 246 additional recoveries statewide, the CDC reported, increasing the number to 8,232.

The 12 deaths included a woman in her 90s from Androscoggin; a man in his 80s from Franklin; a man in his 80s, two men in their 70s and two women in their 70s from Somerset; a man in his 60s from Washington; a man in his 80s, a man in his 70s and two women in their 70s from York County.

This means number of statewide active confirmed or probable statewide cases of COVID-19 decreased by three, falling to 2,378, the state reported.

There are currently a record 103 people hospitalized in Maine due to the new virus with 45 in intensive care units and 11 are on a respirator. The 103 reported Nov. 23 was an increase of nine in the past day.

A total of 662 people have been hospitalized since the outbreak began in Maine.

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. 23, 1,507 were healthcare workers.

Of the 189 Maine people with COVID-19 who died, 98 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, 18 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. 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 20s, who accounted for 1,985 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 1,670 in their 50s, 1,623 in their 30s, 1,424 in their 40s, 1,402 who were younger than 20, 1,251 people in their 60s, 777 in their 70s and 668 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 10,799 cases statewide, 1,119 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: ANANUR FORMA | Nov 24, 2020 13:18

A close friend of mine in N.H. just sent an email that his son and his wife are VERY sick with Covid. Anyone who still thinks it's a hoax or an exaggerated issue is not thinking correctly. Yes, being locked up in one's home is boring and challenging for sure, but ought not make us oblivious to facts. My cousin's wife had Covid in March and is still not well. Please take super good care of yourself. This is a time of learning we are all one huge family of humankind, whether we like this candidate or  that one... bottom line is to care about one another.

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