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State reports two more deaths as active COVID-19 cases increase

By Stephen Betts | May 22, 2020
Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah

The number of active cases of Mainers with COVID-19 increased again Friday as new cases exceeded recoveries.

Three more Maine residents with the new virus died during the past day in three separate counties across the state.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported May 22 there were an additional 71 confirmed or probable cases of the new virus, increasing the count since the outbreak began to 1,948. Many of the new cases are at a Cape Elizabeth memory care center.

There were an additional 47 recoveries statewide May 23, increasing that number to 1,192.

There were three additional deaths reported — one each in Aroostook, Kennebec, and Cumberland counties, increasing the number to 76 since the first death was reported March 27. Thirty-nine of those deaths have been Cumberland County residents.

This means the number of active confirmed or probable cases in Maine on Friday set a new record at 680, an increase of 21 in one day.

The CDC began ramping up this week the number of tests it could perform and an increase in cases was expected. The recoveries, however, have not kept up with the new cases.

Since the outbreak began, 240 people were hospitalized in Maine, an increase of five in one day. As of May 22, 45 people were in a hospital with the virus, 21 of those patients were in a critical care unit, and 12 were on ventilators.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah said May 22 that 441 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 22 remained at three for the sixth consecutive day. Since the outbreak began, there have been 20 cases and 17 recoveries of Knox County residents. Two Knox County residents were hospitalized by the virus.

Waldo County's active cases May 22 remained at two, with 51 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 22 remained at six, with 18 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 tests given have been 40,069 with 5.4 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 75 Maine people with COVID-19 who have died, 40 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 22, the Maine CDC reports most were people in their 50s, which accounted for 359 of the confirmed cases since the outbreak started. There have been 282 people in their 60s, 301 in their 40s, 207 in their 70s, 224 who were 80 or older, 260 in their 30s, 235 in their 20s, and 80 who were younger than 20.

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

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Posted by: ANANUR FORMA | May 22, 2020 13:10

please wear your mask.

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