To our readers,

The COVID-19 pandemic is a once-in-a-century type story, ... Click here to continue

No changes in Knox and Waldo counties, Lincoln sees one recovery

State reports four more deaths as COVID-19 cases increase

By Stephen Betts | May 30, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

Four more people with COVID-19 have died as the number of active cases ticked up on Saturday.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday, May 30 there were an additional 56 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 2,282.

There were an additional 47 recoveries statewide May 30, increasing that number to 1,505.

Four additional deaths were reported — a woman in her 50s from York County, a woman in her 60s from Cumberland County, a man in his 70s from Cumberland County, and a woman in her 90s from Cumberland County. This brings the number of deaths of people diagnosed with the virus to 89 since the first death was reported March 27. 50 of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents, 10 in York County, nine Kennebec County, and 14 in Waldo County.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Saturday increased by five to 688. The peak was May 24 with 714 cases. The cases first surpassed 700 on May 23, surpassed 600 on May 20, and 500 on May 10.

Since the outbreak began, 272 people have been hospitalized in Maine. As of May 30, 46 people were still in a hospital with the virus. 18 of those patients are in critical care units and 11 are on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said 523 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 Saturday remained at two for the eight consecutive day. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 18 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases Saturday remained at one, with 51 overall cases, 36 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 Saturday declined by one to six with 20 overall cases and 14 recoveries.

There have been 55 people from outside Maine who have tested positive in a Maine laboratory as of a week ago, but 23 of those people are from New Hampshire and their tests were sent to a Maine lab.

The number of tests given have been 43,480 as of May 27 with 5.2 percent coming in as positive. Dr. Shah stressed that these were the number of tests not the number of people tested since some people were tested more than once.

Of the 89 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died as of Saturday, 48 have been 80 years old or older, 27 have been in their 70s, eight were in their 60s, four in their 50s and two people in their 40s.

Of the people who tested positive as of May 30, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 416 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 359 in their 40s, 308 people in their 60s, 313 in their 30s, 301 in their 20s, 233 in their 70s, 244 who were 80 or older, and 105 who were younger than 20. Most of the new cases in the past few days have been people in their 40s and younger.

52% of the confirmed cases were women and 48% men.

If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at knox.villagesoup.com/join.
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at knox.villagesoup.com/donate.
Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.